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Developer Tea exists to help driven developers connect to their ultimate purpose and excel at their work so that they can positively impact the people they influence.
3X3: Anti-Resolutions To Kick Off Your 2018
Dec 15 • 20 min
In today’s episode, I give you 3 anti-resolutions to start out your 2018 planning. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea…
3X3: Questions that Could Change the Way You Think
Dec 13 • 18 min
It’s 3X3 Week! All week we’ll be covering three tips to make you a stronger developer. Today’s episode we cover three simple questions you can ask yourself that might change the way you think.
3X3: Fallacies to Avoid as a Developer
Dec 11 • 25 min
It’s 3X3 Week! All week we’ll be covering three tips to make you a stronger developer. Today’s episode we cover three biases that you need to protect yourself from as a developer.
Interview with Joshua Aziz (Part 2)
Dec 8 • 30 min
In today’s episode, I interview Joshua Aziz from TransferWise. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20 worth of…
Interview with Joshua Aziz (Part 1)
Dec 6 • 36 min
In today’s episode, I interview Joshua Aziz from TransferWise. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20 worth of…
The Power of A Question
Dec 4 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we discuss the power of inquiry and Socratic question oriented thinking. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head over to spec.fm/fuse to learn more today!
Practical Advice for Changing Your Habits
Dec 1 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we discuss some practical advice for habit change. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20 worth…
How A Text Message Can Trigger Behavior Change
Nov 29 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we continue talking about behavior change. This time, we’re discussing how a simple reminder can make a huge difference. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration.…
Inspiring Stories From Listeners - Basil’s Story
Nov 27 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we hear an inspiring story from listener Basil. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20 worth of…
Interview Week: First Impressions
Nov 24 • 16 min
In today’s episode, we continue interview week by talking about the importance and psychology of first impressions. Check out the Beyond Bootcamp Interview Week Prep Guide at https://beyondbootcamp.io now!
Interview Week: Characteristics of Growth Oriented Questions
Nov 22 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we continue interview week by talking about growth oriented questions. Check out the Beyond Bootcamp Interview Week Prep Guide at https://beyondbootcamp.io now!
Interview Week: Heather Asks a Question About Dev Ops
Nov 20 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we kick off interview week by talking about Heather’s question about moving into devops from her current position. Check out the Beyond Bootcamp Interview Week Prep Guide at https://beyondbootcamp.io now!
“Mindful Distractions” - Focus Week Listener Question
Nov 17 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we continue Focus Week by answering a listener question about participating in mindful distractions. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month.…
Focus Week: 3 Focus Factors
Nov 15 • 20 min
In today’s episode, we continue Focus Week by discussing factors that contribute to focus. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea…
Focus Week: Deconstructing Distractions
Nov 13 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we kick off Focus Week by talking about ways you can better attack your distractions through destructuring. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a…
3x3: Morning Routine Tasks Every Developer Should Do
Nov 10 • 20 min
In today’s episode, we conclude the first 3x3 week with a list of 3 morning routine tasks every developer can benefit from. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month.…
3x3: 3 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Resumé In Just 10 Minutes
Nov 8 • 19 min
In today’s episode, we continue the first 3x3 week with a list of 3 things you can do to improve your resumé, quickly. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month.…
3x3: The 3 Things you Shouldn’t Be Doing As A Developer
Nov 6 • 21 min
In today’s episode, we kick off the first 3x3 week with a list of 3 things you shouldn’t be doing. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering…
The Future (and Past) of Legal for Developers w/Gary Nissenbaum (part 2)
Nov 3 • 51 min
In today’s episode, we start a discussion about the legal implications of the new digital age with my guest, Gary D. Nissenbaum. You can see Gary’s firm and check out the services they provide at gdnlaw.com - thanks to Gary for joining me on the show!…
The Future (and Past) of Legal for Developers w/Gary Nissenbaum (part 1)
Nov 1 • 46 min
In today’s episode, we start a discussion about the legal implications of the new digital age with my guest, Gary D. Nissembaum. You can see Gary’s firm and check out the services they provide at gdnlaw.com - thanks to Gary for joining me on the show!…
Interviewer’s Wishes with Jason Vasquez (Part 2)
Oct 30 • 26 min
Today’s episode is all about the environments we work in and the skills that contribute beyond the code. Jason Vasquez, CTO at Developertown, joins me as a guest. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and…
Working Environment and Secondary Skills w/ Jason Vasquez (Part 1)
Oct 27 • 51 min
Today’s episode is all about the environments we work in and the skills that contribute beyond the code. Jason Vasquez, CTO at Developertown, joins me as a guest. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux…
Your Interview is Tomorrow? Here’s Some Last Minute Advice
Oct 25 • 31 min
In today’s episode we discuss a few pieces of advice for your upcoming interview.
How To Navigate Communication Problems - Listener Question from Enrico
Oct 23 • 19 min
In today’s episode, Enrico asks about how to navigate situations where other people don’t seem to understand him. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head over to spec.fm/fuse to…
Interview w/ Kristen Gallagher (Part 2)
Oct 20 • 30 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Kristen Gallagher about HR. This isn’t the boring stuff you think when you first hear the term human resources; we talk about how HR can help teams work better together. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode…
Interview w/ Kristen Gallagher (Part 1)
Oct 18 • 39 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Kristen Gallagher about HR. This isn’t the boring stuff you think when you first hear the term human resources; we talk about how HR can help teams work better together. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode…
The Most Important Part of My Day (Part 2)
Oct 16 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we talk about a habit that I believe anyone listening to this can benefit from: a morning/evening journal session. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec! Spec is here to help you level up as a developer, designer, or other digital…
The Most Important Part of My Day (Part 1)
Oct 13 • 9 min
In today’s episode, we talk about a habit that I believe anyone listening to this can benefit from: a morning/evening journal session. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec! Spec is here to help you level up as a developer, designer, or other digital…
Interview with Mark Engelberg (Part 2)
Oct 11 • 51 min
In today’s episode, I interview Mark Engelberg. Mark creates puzzle games, and most recently created the “CODE” series of games in collaboration with ThinkFun. Mark’s insights into learning and teaching are fantastic. I hope you enjoy this episode!…
Puzzle Games with Mark Engelberg (Part 1)
Oct 9 • 58 min
In today’s episode, I interview Mark Engelberg. Mark creates puzzle games, and most recently created the “CODE” series of games in collaboration with ThinkFun. Mark’s insights into learning and teaching are fantastic. I hope you enjoy this episode!…
The 3 Steps in the Cycle of Technological Abstraction
Oct 6 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we discuss the cycle of abstraction, and how you can use abstraction to create new and unique value. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month.…
DCR: Traits of Being A Great Developer (Recap)
Oct 4 • 22 min
In today’s episode, we conclude the DCR Traits of a Great Developer series with a review of all of the traits we’ve discussed. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head over to…
DCR - Bravery
Oct 2 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we continue the DCR traits of a great developer. Today’s trait is bravery. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head over to spec.fm/fuse to learn more today!
DCR: Ownership Level Responsibility
Sep 29 • 12 min
Today’s episode is the next of a series of episodes extending our previous discussions from the Developer Career Roadmap. The first episode from that series can be found here: https://spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea/49656 Today’s episode focuses on having…
DCR: Open Minded Curiosity
Sep 27 • 14 min
Today’s episode is the next of a series of episodes extending our previous discussions from the Developer Career Roadmap. The first episode from that series can be found here: https://spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea/49656 Today’s episode focuses on…
DCR: Growth Mindset
Sep 25 • 14 min
Today’s episode is the next of a series of episodes extending our previous discussions from the Developer Career Roadmap. The first episode from that series can be found here: https://spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea/49656 In this episode, we’re talking…
DCR: Traits of a Great Developer - Communications Model (Deep Dive)
Sep 22 • 18 min
Today’s episode is the next of a series of episodes extending our previous discussions from the Developer Career Roadmap. The first episode from that series can be found here: https://spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea/49656 Today’s episode is sponsored by…
DCR: Traits of a Great Developer - Communications Expert
Sep 20 • 14 min
Today’s episode is the next of a series of episodes extending our previous discussions from the Developer Career Roadmap. The first episode from that series can be found here: https://spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea/49656 Today’s episode focuses on…
DCR: Traits of a Great Developer - Expanding Perspective
Sep 18 • 13 min
Today’s episode is the next in the lineup of episodes extending our previous discussions from the Developer Career Roadmap. The first episode from that series can be found here: https://spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea/49656 Today’s episode focuses on the…
DCR: Traits of a Great Developer - Grit of a Scientist
Sep 15 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we continue the DCR traits of a great developer. Today’s trait is having the grit of a scientist. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head over to…
DCR: Traits of A Great Developer - Humility
Sep 13 • 17 min
Today’s episode is the first of a series of episodes extending our previous discussions from the Developer Career Roadmap. The first episode from that series can be found here: https://spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea/49656 Today’s episode focuses on the…
Introspection - Part 2 - Why & Why Not
Sep 11 • 12 min
Today’s episode is our second introspection episode - we’ll be using values to ask ourselves two key questions about our decisions. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5…
Introspection - Part 1 - Finding What You’re Best At
Sep 8 • 19 min
In today’s episode, we talk about finding what you are best at. In this episode, you’ll explore this idea by asking some self-interrogation questions. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your users is…
Interview w/ Rachel Nabors (Part 2)
Sep 6 • 36 min
In today’s episode, we talk with Rachel Nabors about her new book, course, and how to respond to rejection. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your users is ensure that the quality of your audio is…
Interview w/ Rachel Nabors (Part 1)
Sep 4 • 38 min
In today’s episode, we talk with Rachel Nabors about her new book, course, and how to respond to rejection. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your users is ensure that the quality of your audio is…
Mystery Voices
Sep 1 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we talk about different kinds of “mystery voices” and how to avoid them. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your users is ensure that the quality of your audio is strong. You already…
Planning Series: Scaling and Detailing of Features
Aug 30 • 13 min
Today’s episode is about scaling and detailing features, and is the first in a series of episodes about planning. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is…
Learning Environment
Aug 28 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we discuss what it takes to create a learning environment that can get your gears turning immediately. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month.…
Tips For Students (Re-Air)
Aug 25 • 15 min
In today’s episode, I outline a few tips for students who are starting back to school. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea…
Listener Question: Michael Asks About Dev Bootcamps
Aug 23 • 10 min
In today’s episode, I answer listener Michael’s question regarding dev bootcamps. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea…
No More Launches
Aug 21 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we talk about why “launch dates” can be detrimental to progress. Today’s episode is sponsored by Flywheel Local. Stop debugging local environments and spend more time designing, developing, and launchingWordPress sites with Local by…
Thinking in Intervals (Re-Air)
Aug 18 • 10 min
In today’s episode, we talk about thinking in intervals. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20 worth of credit if…
Minimum Viable Prioritization (Re-Air)
Aug 16 • 19 min
In today’s episode, we talk about minimum viable prioritization. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20 worth of…
Plato’s Cave and Defeating Biases
Aug 14 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we talk about what you can see - and what you cannot. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20…
Interview with Kevin Kelly (Part 2)
Aug 11 • 30 min
In today’s episode, I talk with one of the most influential voices in technology in the last 20 years - Kevin Kelly. Kevin is the author of “What Technology Wants” and “The Inevitable”, co-founded Wired magazine, and is now leading the charge of optimism…
Interview with Kevin Kelly (Part 1)
Aug 9 • 30 min
In today’s episode, I talk with one of the most influential voices in technology in the last 20 years - Kevin Kelly. Kevin is the author of “What Technology Wants” and “The Inevitable”, co-founded Wired magazine, and is now leading the charge of optimism…
Interview with Chris Ferdinandi (Part 2)
Aug 7 • 47 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Chris Ferdinandi! Check out his stuff at gomakethings.com Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea…
Interview with Chris Ferdinandi (Part 1)
Aug 4 • 40 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Chris Ferdinandi! Check out his stuff at gomakethings.com Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea…
3 Lessons of Productivity
Aug 2 • 19 min
Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20 worth of credit if you use the code DEVELOPERTEA2017 at checkout. Head over…
Idea Portfolio
Jul 31 • 22 min
In today’s episode, we talk about building and managing an idea portfolio in your organization. Today’s episode is sponsored by Flywheel Local. Stop debugging local environments and spend more time designing, developing, and launchingWordPress sites with…
Listener Question: Simon Asks About Over-Positivity
Jul 28 • 23 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Flywheel Local. Stop debugging local environments and spend more time designing, developing, and launchingWordPress sites with Local by Flywheel. Head over to local.getflywheel.com to download Local for free today!
Iterative Learning
Jul 26 • 21 min
In today’s episode, we discuss the importance of applying iteration to learning. Today’s episode is sponsored by Codeship! Get started today with Codeship and get 100 free builds. P.S. - Codeship is 100% free for open source projects! Head to…
Strong Opinions Weakly Held
Jul 24 • 11 min
In today’s episode, we talk about a simple concept of being willing to let go of your opinions, while not watering them down. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a…
Aesthetic Aha
Jul 21 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we talk about why kids love to watch the same movies over and over, and how you can learn from this behavior to improve your career (seriously!). Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux…
Listener Question: Daw Chih asks About Over Execution
Jul 19 • 17 min
In today’s episode, I answer listener question from Daw Chih about over-execution. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea…
The Value of The Third Option
Jul 17 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we talk about how important a third option can be in decisionmaking processes. Today’s episode is sponsored by Codeship! Get started today with Codeship and get 100 free builds. P.S. - Codeship is 100% free for open source projects!…
Turbulence (Re-Airing)
Jul 14 • 7 min
In today’s episode, we discuss once again the concept of turbulence and fortitude. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea…
Don’t Throw It Over the Wall
Jul 12 • 10 min
In today’s episode, we talk about a specific type of collaboration, and a pitfall most development and design teams end up falling into. Today’s episode is sponsored by Codeship! Get started today with Codeship and get 100 free builds. P.S. - Codeship is…
Interview with David Hoffeld (part 2)
Jul 10 • 40 min
I’m joined by author David Hoffeld in today’s episode to talk about the topic of science and how it affects the sales process. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a…
Interview with David Hoffeld (part 1)
Jul 7 • 37 min
I’m joined by author David Hoffeld in today’s episode to talk about the topic of science and how it affects the sales process. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $5 a…
Listener Question: Andy Asks About His Degree in Mechatronics
Jul 5 • 19 min
Is a degree in mechatronics worth it? (Also, what is mechatronics?) Today’s episode is sponsored by Codeship! Get started today with Codeship and get 100 free builds. P.S. - Codeship is 100% free for open source projects! Head to https://spec.fm/codeship…
The Messaging Paradigm (re-air)
Jul 3 • 10 min
Baby Announcement
Jun 28 • 2 min
Atomic Words
Jun 19 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we talk aboit disambiguation and using clear words during feedback sessions.
Spiral Learning
Jun 16 • 10 min
In today’s episode, we talk about “Spiral Learning.” Today’s episode is sponsored by Codeship! Get started today with Codeship and get 100 free builds. P.S. - Codeship is 100% free for open source projects! Head to https://spec.fm/codeship to get started…
Listener Question: Joel Asks About Remote Work As A Junior Developer
Jun 14 • 20 min
What do you do when there are no jobs in your area and you’re a developer with a family?
Interview with Tom Eich (part 2)
Jun 12 • 30 min
In today’s episode, I had the opportunity to speak with Tom Eich, CTO at IDEO. Tom shares valuable insights in both parts of this interview, so be sure to subscribe in your podcasting application of choice!
Interview with Tom Eich (part 1)
Jun 10 • 27 min
In today’s episode, I had the opportunity to speak with Tom Eich, CTO at Whiteboard. Tom shares valuable insights in both parts of this interview, so be sure to subscribe in your podcasting application of choice!
Creating New Understanding Through Synonyms
Jun 7 • 11 min
In today’s episode, we talk about creating useful substitutions through a process of forcing synonyms. Today’s episode is sponsored by Codeship! Get started today with Codeship and get 100 free builds. P.S. - Codeship is 100% free for open source…
Failure Rates, Machine Learning, and You
Jun 5 • 10 min
In today’s episode, we talk about a truth of machine learning, and learning in general. I hope you walk away feeling more confident and less afraid of failure. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and…
Anonymous Listener Question: Cowboy Coders
Jun 2 • 27 min
In today’s episode, we talk about cowboy coding, and how to deal with a legacy project primarily managed by cowboy coders. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head over to…
Law Of Conservation of Uncertainty (Part 2)
May 31 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we talk about a principle of project planning that you can use to help deal with uncertainty. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head over to spec.fm/fuse to…
Law Of Conservation of Uncertainty (Part 1)
May 29 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we talk about a principle of project planning that you can use to help deal with uncertainty. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head over to spec.fm/fuse to…
Squares Conference (feat. Marcus Morrison)
May 26 • 30 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Marcus Morrison about his journey to becoming a CTO of a monthly subscription startup called Datebox. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head…
Squares Conference (Will Riley)
May 24 • 49 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Will Riley from Flywheel about design systems, local development, teaching a workshop, and API design. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head…
Squares Conference (feat. Noah Labhart)
May 22 • 33 min
In today’s episode, I interview Noah Labhart, owner of Touchtap, a mobile development firm in Dallas, Texas. Check out Touchtap here: https://touchtap.io/ Noah and I discuss the value of learning a programming language you never plan to use, and much much…
Squares Conference (feat. Anne Grundhoefer)
May 19 • 29 min
In today’s episode, I interview Anne Grundhoefer. Anne spoke at Squares about design systems and the work she does at Projekt202 (https://projekt202.com/), and was kind enough to spend some time talking with me about that work as well. Today’s episode is…
Squares Conference (feat. Alex Zub) Part 2
May 17 • 32 min
Today we continue the interview with Alex Zub, founder of Handsome. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fuse! Build native iOS and Android apps with less code and better collaboration. Head over to spec.fm/fuse to learn more today!
Squares Conference (feat. Alex Zub) Part 1
May 15 • 25 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Alex Zub about starting a company, learning to speak english through video games, and lots more. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the…
Squares Conference (feat. Aaron Irizarry)
May 12 • 37 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Aaron Irizarry about what to do when your design and dev team starts to fall apart. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the quality of your…
Squares Conference (feat. Aaron D. Campbell)
May 10 • 33 min
In today’s episode, I interview WordPress security lead Aaron Campbell. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the quality of your audio is strong. You already know Dolby and…
Job Descriptions vs. Job Realities
May 8 • 22 min
In today’s episode, I talk about some differences between a typical job description versus realities you may actually experience. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the…
Listener Question: David asks About How to Answer Tooling Questions
May 5 • 15 min
In today’s episode, I answer listener David’s question about how to answer questions from peers about tooling. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $10 a month. Linode is…
Feedback Loops - The Smallest Unit of Learning
May 3 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the importance of feedback loops. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $10 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20 worth…
Interview with Chris Albon (Part 3 of 3)
May 1 • 37 min
In today’s episode, I interview Chris Albon, co-host of Partially Derivative, a fantastic casual discussion podcast about all things data science. Chris is joined by Vidya Spandana and Jonathon Morgan on the show. We discuss the exciting prospects of…
Interview with Chris Albon (Part 2 of 3)
Apr 28 • 34 min
In today’s episode, I interview Chris Albon, co-host of Partially Derivative, a fantastic casual discussion podcast about all things data science. Chris is joined by Vidya Spandana and Jonathon Morgan on the show. We discuss the exciting prospects of…
Interview with Chris Albon (Part 1 of 3)
Apr 26 • 34 min
In today’s episode, I interview Chris Albon, co-host of Partially Derivative, a fantastic casual discussion podcast about all things data science. Chris is joined by Vidya Spandana and Jonathon Morgan on the show. We discuss the exciting prospects of…
Building Your Intuition
Apr 24 • 12 min
In today’s episode we talk about intuition as the shared fluency for experts.
You Can’t Control Random
Apr 21 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we’ll discuss the illusion of control, and why you can’t control random.
Interview with Ben Halpern (@ThePracticalDev, Part 2)
Apr 19 • 44 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Ben Halpern. You may know him from his tweets as @ThePracticalDev. Ben also is the founder of dev.to, a site for developers to share knowledge and culture with one another. Check out dev.to to learn a bit more about what…
Interview with Ben Halpern (@ThePracticalDev, Part 1)
Apr 17 • 44 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Ben Halpern. You may know him from his tweets as @ThePracticalDev. Ben also is the founder of dev.to, a site for developers to share knowledge and culture with one another. Check out dev.to to learn a bit more about what…
A Simple Shift for Your Email Inbox Strategy
Apr 14 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about a very simple shift for your emailing strategy.
Listener Question: How Do I stand Out as a Job Applicant?
Apr 12 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we discuss Supui’s question regarding how to stand out as an applicant. We reinforce some of the things we’ve discussed previously, and introduce some new ideas as well. Thanks to Supui for the question!
Listener Question: Jonathan Bocarra Asks About Content Generation and Baby Preparation
Apr 10 • 20 min
In today’s episode, I answer listener Jonathan’s question about getting ready for a baby, and simultaneously planning content.
How to Hire Well, Even When Limited by Company Policies
Apr 7 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we talk about hiring in a constrained scenario.
Ep. 365 - Practical Ways to Jumpstart Brainstorming
Apr 5 • 20 min
Today is Developer Tea’s 365th episode! In today’s episode, we discuss some practical ways to get brainstorming jumpstarted. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $10 a…
Listener Question: Kan Asks About Creating Reliable Behavioral Systems
Apr 3 • 17 min
In today’s episode, I answer a listener question about behavioral patterns. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $10 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners $20…
This Mistake Could Be Killing Your Resumé
Mar 31 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we’ll talk about a mistake you may be making with your resumé (and how to avoid it). Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is…
Why You Should Evaluate How You’re Spending Your Mental Energy
Mar 29 • 10 min
In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about the importance of a simple step into mental awareness. The first step into mental awareness can change your behavior - that’s exactly what we’ll talk about in today’s episode. Don’t forget to sign up for Soft…
One Super Simple Tactic to Regain Your Time
Mar 27 • 7 min
In today’s episode, I discuss a simple way of regaining time in your day that has worked very well for me.
Using Substitute Questions to Gain a Better Perspective
Mar 24 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we talk about using substitute questions to gain new and unique perspectives. Today’s episode is sponsored by Pusher. Build awesome realtime features faster with Pusher. Focus on the application, not the infrastructure! Get started…
Interview with Brad Frost (@brad_frost, part 2)
Mar 22 • 49 min
In today’s episode, I interview Brad Frost, known for coining the term “Atomic Design.” Brad literally wrote the book on this subject, and now consults with companies on how to express their brand from language all the way down to the smallest piece of…
Interview with Brad Frost (@brad_frost, part 1)
Mar 20 • 50 min
In today’s episode, I interview Brad Frost, known for coining the term “Atomic Design.” Brad literally wrote the book on this subject, and now consults with companies on how to express their brand from language all the way down to the smallest piece of…
Listener Question: Can I Lead Remotely? (part 2)
Mar 17 • 13 min
In today’s episode, I answer a listener question about whether or not it’s possible to lead a team from a remote office. We go pretty in depth on this topic, and this is the second of two parts.
Listener Question: Can I Lead Remotely? (part 1)
Mar 15 • 19 min
In today’s episode, I answer a listener question about whether or not it’s possible to lead a team from a remote office. We go pretty in depth on this topic, and it will run over to a second part.
Interview with Dain Miller (@dainmiller, part 3 of 3)
Mar 13 • 53 min
In today’s episode, I finish my interview Dain Miller, creator of Start Here FM, http://starthere.fm and Director of Tech at Midroll. Make sure you subscribe if you don’t want to miss future interviews and content from Developer Tea! Today’s episode is…
Interview with Dain Miller (@dainmiller, part 2 of 3)
Mar 10 • 31 min
In today’s episode, I interview Dain Miller, creator of Start Here FM. This interview is completely packed, so make sure you subscribe if you don’t want to miss the final part of the interview! Today’s episode is sponsored by Pusher. Build awesome…
Interview with Dain Miller (@dainmiller, part 1 of 3)
Mar 8 • 28 min
In today’s episode, I interview Dain Miller, creator of Start Here FM. This interview is completely packed, so make sure you subscribe if you don’t want to miss the next part! Today’s episode is sponsored by Pusher. Build awesome realtime features faster…
Don’t Trust Your Friends
Mar 6 • 16 min
In today’s episode, we’ll discuss why your friends, coworkers, and others you spend a lot of time around may not always give you the greatest advice. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need…
Not So Trivial: Things That Can Kill Your Focus
Mar 3 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we talk about how even seemingly trivial things can be incredibly important for your focus. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $10 a month. Linode is…
How the First Guideline Changes Your Behavior Drastically
Mar 1 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we talk about how even the first guideline can make a MASSIVE difference in your behavior. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $10 a month. Linode is…
Folklore In Your Code
Feb 27 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we talk about a characteristic of code that should throw a warning flag: when you tell a story to describe your code. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and…
System Vs. Will Power
Feb 24 • 10 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the importance of systems over will-power, and how you can run on autopilot without experiencing the side effects of laziness.
Interview with Laurence Bradford (@learncodewithme), Part Two
Feb 22 • 39 min
Laurence Bradford and I finish up our conversation about the job market, knowing what you want to do, publishing, and many other topics relevant to the modern developer. Today’s episode is sponsored by Headspace. Headspace offers you guided meditation…
Interview with Laurence Bradford (@learncodewithme), Part One
Feb 20 • 40 min
In today’s episode, I interview Laurence Bradford. Laurence is the creator of Learn Code With Me. For the majority of this interview, we discuss the ambiguity and difficulty of the job market, and finding your way. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby.…
What it Means to Rush
Feb 17 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we talk about what it means to rush, and what you can do to avoid it. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the quality of your audio is strong. You…
Listener Question: Harshitha Asks About Startups Vs. Personal Projects
Feb 15 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we talk about creating effective communication protocols. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the quality of your audio is strong. You already know…
Create an Effective Communication Protocol With these Rules
Feb 13 • 20 min
In today’s episode, we talk about creating effective communication protocols. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the quality of your audio is strong. Check out how Dolby…
Three Insights About Heuristics That Can Supercharge Your Decisionmaking
Feb 10 • 25 min
In today’s episode, we talk about how you can use heuristics to make better, faster decisions. Today’s episode is brought to you by Flatiron School. Flatiron School is the premier coding bootcamp for launching developers. Proven job outcomes, career-ready…
Code Review Excuses
Feb 8 • 24 min
In today’s episode, I outline excuses people often use for not doing code reviews. Today’s episode is brought to you by Flatiron School. Flatiron School is the premier coding bootcamp for launching developers. Proven job outcomes, career-ready curriculum,…
Interview with Lauren Cutrell (part 2)
Feb 6 • 44 min
In today’s episode, I finish my interview with Lauren Cutrell. Lauren is the Director of Interactive at Whiteboard, and she also happens to be my wife! We talk about agile, scrum, and how to make those things simple for developers and clients. Today’s…
Interview with Lauren Cutrell (part 1)
Feb 3 • 51 min
In today’s episode, I interview Lauren Cutrell. Lauren is the Director of Interactive at Whiteboard, and she also happens to be my wife! We talk about agile, scrum, and how to make those things simple for developers and clients. Today’s episode is brought…
The Einstellung Effect
Feb 1 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we talk about a phenomenon called the Einstellung Effect. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $10 a month. Linode is offering Developer Tea listeners…
Interview with Kalid Azad (part 3 of 3)
Jan 30 • 75 min
In today’s episode, I finish my interview with Kalid Azad! Today’s episode is sponsored by Headspace. Headspace offers you guided meditation that you can take with you, and does so in a beautifully made native app experience. Headspace is also hiring!…
Interview with Kalid Azad (part 2 of 3)
Jan 27 • 62 min
In today’s episode, I interview a returning guest, Kalid Azad! Kalid is the creator of BetterExplained.com. Today’s episode is sponsored by Headspace. Headspace offers you guided meditation that you can take with you, and does so in a beautifully made…
Interview with Kalid Azad (part 1 of 3)
Jan 25 • 43 min
In today’s episode, I interview a returning guest, Kalid Azad! Kalid is the creator of BetterExplained.com. Today’s episode is sponsored by Headspace. Headspace offers you guided meditation that you can take with you, and does so in a beautifully made…
Listener Question: Johannes Asks About Getting Hired in the United States
Jan 23 • 16 min
In today’s episode, I answer Johannes question about his dream of working in a small agency in the states after graduating. Today’s episode is sponsored by Headspace. Headspace offers you guided meditation that you can take with you, and does so in a…
3 Questions Your Should Be Asking Before Starting A Project
Jan 20 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we ask 3 questions you should always ask before any project. Today’s episode is sponsored by Headspace. Headspace offers you guided meditation that you can take with you, and does so in a beautifully made native app experience.…
Interview w/ Wes Bos (part 2)
Jan 18 • 35 min
In today’s episode, I interview the creator of JavaScript30 and talented JavaScript developer Wes Bos. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $10 a month. Linode is offering…
Interview w/ Wes Bos (Part 1)
Jan 16 • 26 min
In today’s episode, I interview the creator of JavaScript30 and talented JavaScript developer Wes Bos. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in the cloud starting at $10 a month. Linode is offering…
Prototyping A Pilot Project
Jan 13 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we talk about prototypes, processes, and the intersection between the two. Sometimes to get something big done, you have to think small. Today’s episode is brought to you by Linode. Linode Provides superfast SSD based Linux servers in…
Finding Your Perspective
Jan 11 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we talk about gaining perspective by recognizing your own fallibility. Today’s episode is sponsored by WooCommerce. WooCommerce is customizable eCommerce built on WordPress. Powering over a third of all online e-commerce stores, with…
Understand Your Environment
Jan 9 • 22 min
In today’s episode ,we discuss the importance of understanding various components of your environment. Today’s episode is sponsored by WooCommerce, the open source eCommerce solution! Get 25% off by goofing to http://spec.fm/woocommerce and use the code…
Async Code & Promises
Jan 6 • 14 min
Today we talk about JavaScript’s asynchronous abilities. Today’s episode is sponsored by WooCommerce. WooCommerce is customizable eCommerce built on WordPress. Powering over a third of all online e-commerce stores, with WooCommerce you own all of your…
2 Years of Tea
Jan 4 • 17 min
Today, we celebrate two incredible years of Developer Tea! We’re celebrating this year by launching a contest on CodePen. Listen for more details! Today’s episode is sponsored by WooCommerce. WooCommerce is customizable eCommerce built on WordPress.…
The Anatomy of Change
Jan 2 • 22 min
In today’s episode, we’re talking about the transtheoretical model of behavioral change. This will help you understand the different stages you go through when making a resolution to shift your behavior. Today’s episode is sponsored by WooCommerce.…
Interview with Josh Muccio (Part 2)
Dec 30, 2016 • 49 min
In today’s episode, we talk with Josh Muccio for part two of our interview about The Pitch. Make sure you catch part one!
Interview with Josh Muccio (Part 1)
Dec 28, 2016 • 38 min
In today’s episode, I interview Josh Muccio, the creator of The Pitch (thepitch.fm).
How Time Affects Decisions
Dec 19, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we discuss the different ways that time can affect our perception of our own knowledge, especially with relation to trusting that knowledge. Today’s episode is sponsored by imgix! Billions of images are served through imgix every day.…
Avoiding, “I Told You So”
Dec 16, 2016 • 24 min
In today’s episode, we talk about avoiding the passive aggressive “I Told You So” conversations. Today’s episode is sponsored by imgix! Billions of images are served through imgix every day. With a simple URL-based API, you can resize, filter, crop, and…
Listener Question: Alex Asks About Getting Back Into The Game
Dec 14, 2016 • 23 min
In today’s episode, Alex asks about getting back into development after a long hiatus. We discuss age discrimination and whether or not to put old experience on a brand new resumé. Today’s episode is sponsored by imgix! Billions of images are served…
Lessons From The Lab
Dec 12, 2016 • 19 min
In today’s episode, we discuss lessons we can learn from the lab. Today’s episode is sponsored by imgix! Billions of images are served through imgix every day. With a simple URL-based API, you can resize, filter, crop, and even detect faces in your photos…
Listener Question: John Wood Asks About Looking for Development Jobs
Dec 9, 2016 • 23 min
In today’s episode, I answer listener John Wood’s question about sharing his future plans with potential employers. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit…
Two Anti-Patterns To Avoid
Dec 7, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about two anti-patterns you should be avoiding in your code. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud…
3 Commitments for 2017
Dec 5, 2016 • 21 min
In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about three commitments you can make as you prepare for 2017. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud…
Listener Question: Cody Asks About Developer Speed
Dec 2, 2016 • 23 min
In today’s episode, I answer listener Cody’s question about speed, quality, and what to do when your manager asks you to cut corners. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout…
Listener Question: Josh Asks About Getting A Raise
Nov 28, 2016 • 20 min
In today’s episode, we talk about Josh’s question regarding negotiating a raise.
Patrick Asks About What to Do When You Live in a Tech-Company Wasteland
Nov 21, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, Patrick asks about what to do when you have no tech companies near you to apply at. We talk a bit about the Developer Career Roadmap, and I give advice for working remotely. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most…
Empathy + Celebrating 5 Million Listens
Nov 18, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode we celebrate 5 million listens, and then we talk about empathy. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the quality of your audio is strong. Check out how…
DCR Step 9: Replace Yourself
Nov 16, 2016 • 21 min
In today’s episode, we cover the final step in the Developer Career Roadmap: Replace Yourself. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the quality of your audio is strong.…
DCR Step 8: Do Your Job Better Than Anyone Else
Nov 14, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we cover the next step in the Developer Career Roadmap. Today’s episode is sponsored by Dolby. One of the most important things you can do for your application is ensure that the quality of your audio is strong. Check out how Dolby can…
DCR: Step 7 - Interviewing
Nov 11, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the incredibly important process of interviewing. More specifically, where you should interview, and for what position. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer…
Listener Question: Donovan Asks About Analysis Paralysis
Nov 9, 2016 • 19 min
In today’s episode, we talk about Donovan’s question regarding his analysis paralysis. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Get your own Linux server in the cloud with full control in just minutes. You can also get $20 of Linode credit if you use the…
DCR: Step 6 - Going Public
Nov 7, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we talk about Developer Career Roadmap step 6, going public. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Get your own Linux server in the cloud with full control in just minutes. You can also get $20 of Linode credit if you use the code…
Listener Question: Charissa Asks About Handling a Stressful Situation
Nov 4, 2016 • 25 min
In today’s episode, I answer a question from listener Charissa about her stressful work situation as a brand new developer. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20…
Developer Career Roadmap Step 5: Cross Train (part 2)
Nov 2, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the 5th step in the Developer Career Roadmap - cross training. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud…
Developer Career Roadmap, Step 5: Cross Train
Oct 31, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the 5th step in the Developer Career Roadmap - cross training.
DCR: Step 4 - Internships
Oct 28, 2016 • 20 min
In today’s episode, we cover the fourth step in the Developer Career Roadmap: Getting an internship or an entry level position in the industry. We announced the Developer Career Roadmap earlier this month with the goal of helping early career stage…
Interview with David Rael (Part 2)
Oct 26, 2016 • 40 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Dave Rael, host of Developer On Fire. Today’s sponsor is Chartio. All of your data in one place. Simply powerful. Start your free trial today at Spec.fm/chartio
Interview with Dave Rael (Part 1)
Oct 24, 2016 • 31 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Dave Rael, host of Developer On Fire. Today’s sponsor is Chartio. All of your data in one place. Simply powerful. Start your free trial today at Spec.fm/chartio
DCR-Step 3: Skill Set Development (Part 2)
Oct 21, 2016 • 19 min
In today’s episode, we discuss step three in the Developer Career Roadmap, the never ending learning cycle. Today’s sponsor is Chartio. All of your data in one place. Simply powerful. Start your free trial today at Spec.fm/chartio
DCR - Step 3: Learning About Companies (Part 1)
Oct 19, 2016 • 22 min
In today’s episode, we start step 3 of the Developer Career Roadmap. Today’s episode is sponsored by http://www.spec.fm/hired! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over to Hired now! If you get a…
DCR Step Two: Picking a Base Language
Oct 17, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we talk about step one in the Developer Career Roadmap: picking your base programming language. The Developer Career Roadmap is intended to provide guidelines for someone at any point in their career who wants to become a full-time…
Dev Career Roadmap, Step One: Create a Time Budget
Oct 14, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we talk about step one in the Developer Career Roadmap: budgeting your time. The Developer Career Roadmap is intended to provide guidelines for someone at any point in their career who wants to become a full-time software developer.…
Announcing Developer Career Roadmap
Oct 12, 2016 • 9 min
In today’s episode, I am very excited to announce the Developer Career Roadmap! Today’s episode is sponsored by Whiteboard. At Whiteboard, we leverage technology daily to accomplish great vision. Come work with us - send us your resumé and your thoughts…
Getting Over Language Barriers
Oct 10, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we talk about language barriers, and how to get over them. We’re not talking about native versus non-native languages - instead, we’re talking about learning how to name new concepts. I’ll give you three specific tips for better…
Anti-Advice
Oct 7, 2016 • 9 min
Sometimes, what you hear on this podcast is bad advice. In general, we try to provide guide rails for your career, but to get the most out of a general rule, you have to apply it specifically. That’s what we talk about in today’s episode. Today’s episode…
Listener Question: Kevin asks About College
Oct 5, 2016 • 19 min
In today’a episode, listener Kevin asks about whether he should return to college or not. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Get $20 of credit by visiting spec.fm/linode today!
Listener Question: Matt asks, What To Do About Job Boredom?
Oct 3, 2016 • 13 min
In today’s episode, Matt asks about what to do when he gets bored at his job. Hint: quitting is not always the answer! Thanks to today’s sponsor, Linode! Get root access on super-fast linux cloud servers in just a few minutes! Use the code DeveloperTea20…
Listener Question: Amanda asks about Building Resumés and Cover Letters
Sep 30, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the do’s and don’t’s of resumés and cover letters thanks to a question from listener Amanda. Today’s episode is sponsored by Zendesk! With Zendesk, you can get feedback from your customers without making them leave your…
Listener Question: Abigail asks about Interview Attire
Sep 28, 2016 • 11 min
In today’s question, Abigail asks about appropriate interview attire! Ask your question by emailing developertea@gmail.com. Today’s episode is sponsored by Zendesk! With Zendesk, you can get feedback from your customers without making them leave your…
Thinking About Logic Paths
Sep 26, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we discuss how logic paths can help you understand how to construct clearer code. Today’s episode is sponsored by Zendesk! With Zendesk, you can get feedback from your customers without making them leave your application, leading to…
Lighter Objects for Better REST Apps
Sep 23, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question is about creating better REST applications by making lighter objects. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec! Go and learn more about the fantastic resources we’re creating for you daily at Spec.fm. Today’s episode is also sponsored by…
Listener Question: Naren Asks About Realistic Working Hours
Sep 21, 2016 • 14 min
In today’s episode, I answer a listener question from Naren who wants to know how many hours are realistic for a developer to produce work in a given day. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec! Go and learn more about the fantastic resources we’re…
Listener Question: Lars Asks About How To Work With Difficult Developers
Sep 19, 2016 • 19 min
In today’s episode I discuss how to deal with a difficult team member, addressing a question from listener Lars. Thanks for the question, Lars! Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec! Go and learn more about the fantastic resources we’re creating for…
The O-Word
Sep 16, 2016 • 8 min
In today’s episode, we talk about talking. Specifically, we talk about using the word “obviously”, as well as a few other “L-Y” words. Why are words so important? How can word choice affect our thinking and relationships? Thanks to listener Joey for…
Re-Air: Listener Question: Mujthaba Asks About What To Do When You Don’t Know
Sep 14, 2016 • 9 min
Note: Today’s episode is a re-airing of an episode that came out last week. Tune in Friday for a brand new episode of Developer Tea! In today’s episode, we talk about how to handle questions that you don’t have good answers to. Today’s episode is…
The Truth About Old Code
Sep 12, 2016 • 8 min
In today’s episode, we talk about old code. Even though it may seem easier to rip out the old code and replace it entirely, slow down and listen to this episode first! Don’t forget to subscribe in whatever podcasting app you use.
Picking the Right Side Project
Sep 9, 2016 • 11 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the aspects that make for a great side project to increase your employability. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit…
Listener Question: Mujthaba Asks About What To Do When You Don’t Know
Sep 7, 2016 • 9 min
In today’s episode, we talk about how to handle questions that you don’t have good answers to. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud…
3 Refactoring Techniques You Can Employ In Under 5 Minutes
Sep 5, 2016 • 16 min
In today’s episode, we talk about three refactoring techniques, each you can employ in under 5 minutes. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your…
Deliberate Practice: Part 2
Sep 2, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we’re talking specifically about deliberate practice. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks…
Deliberate Practice: Part 1
Aug 31, 2016 • 11 min
In today’s episode, we’re talking specifically about deliberate practice. Today’s episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get 20% off of tuition by…
Tips for Students
Aug 29, 2016 • 13 min
In today’s episode, I talk to those of you who are students starting school this semester. Please take a moment and subscribe and review the show and share with a student you think will enjoy this episode!
3 Things Aspiring Developers Should Be Doing Today
Aug 26, 2016 • 16 min
Today’s episode is for all aspiring developers, and you can start today. It won’t be easy, but it will work.
Digging Up Your Job Description
Aug 24, 2016 • 11 min
In today’s episode, we talk about digging up your job description - your real job description, not just that list of languages you put on your resumé. Today’s episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on…
3 Concrete Ways to Be a Better Co-worker
Aug 22, 2016 • 7 min
In today’s episode, we talk about 3 simple, concrete ways you can be a better coworker, starting today. Please take a moment and subscribe and review the show! Go to https://bit.ly/DevTeaOniTunes to review the show on iTunes today!
Poison Series: #02 - Indecision
Aug 19, 2016 • 16 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the importance of overcoming indecision. Today’s episode is sponsored by Zendesk! With Zendesk, you can get feedback from your customers without making them leave your application, leading to faster resolution times and…
Poison Series: #01 - Cynicism
Aug 17, 2016 • 9 min
In today’s episode, we begin a mini-series on developer poisons. Our first poisonous nemesis is cynicism. We’ll talk about ways to effectively combat cynicism. Today’s episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on…
My Top Productivity Practice
Aug 15, 2016 • 10 min
In today’s episode, I talk about my top productivity practice. I’ll give you a hint: there’s no hacks or tricks in this episode. Just hard work.
Getting Fast First
Aug 12, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the importance of performance (especially as it relates to UI) and how getting fast first can ultimately lead to a cheaper project cost in the end. Be sure to share this episode with someone you think needs to hear it!
Finding Invisible Levers
Aug 10, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the concept of “invisible levers”, and how you can use the concept to help relieve tension in your projects. Today’s episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers…
Listener Question: Daman asks about Part Two
Aug 8, 2016 • 21 min
In today’s episode, listener Daman asks about what to do next in his career. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account!…
Listener Question: Sahar’s Second Question On the Show! Sahar asks, “Is it ok to ask for a trial period as a candidate?”
Aug 5, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, I answer Sahar’s question about whether or not it’s okay to ask for a trial period as the interviewee. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20…
Simple Machines
Aug 3, 2016 • 9 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the redirection of misplaced energy through the lens of 7th grade science. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards…
Putting Process in its Place
Aug 1, 2016 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we’ll talk about putting process in it’s correct place, and problems we can face when we use process incorrectly in our business. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code…
Effective Simulations
Jul 29, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode, I discuss the importance of effective simulations for developers. Today’s episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get 20% off of…
Listener Question: Michael Asks About Qualifications for Career Changes
Jul 27, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode I answer listener Michael’s question about being qualified to jump career tracks. Today’s episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get…
The Business of Good Code
Jul 25, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we talk about some of the characteristics of good code, and why it’s so important for businesses to invest in good code. Today’s episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers…
Listener Question: Brett Asks About How to Identify When You’re Being Set Up For Failure
Jul 22, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, listener Brett asks about what you should do when someone sets you up for failure. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec.fm, where designers and developers gather to level up in their careers. If you’re interested in sharing your…
Working on Saturdays
Jul 20, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, I answer yet another question from Reddit about working overtime. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec! If you are interested in having your message in front of thousands of developers and designers, head over to…
Reddit CS Career Questions
Jul 18, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, I’m answering a few random questions from Reddit’s r/cscareerquestions subreddit. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rigor! Head over to http://spec.fm/rigor to get a kickoff call scheduled today.
Listener Question: Am I Too Old for a Career in Tech?
Jul 14, 2016 • 14 min
In today’s episode, I answer Utsha and Kim’s questions about whether or not they are too old for a career in the tech industry. Today’s episode is sponsored by WooCommerce! WooCommerce is customizable eCommerce built on WordPress, and is powering 30% of…
Two Common Questions from Early Career Developers
Jul 13, 2016 • 19 min
In today’s episode, we’ll talk about two common questions from early-career developers. Today’s episode is sponsored by WooCommerce! WooCommerce is customizable eCommerce built on WordPress, and is powering 30% of all online stores. Use the code…
Three Habits of Great Learners
Jul 11, 2016 • 20 min
In today’s episode, I talk about three habits of great learners that you can adopt into your own habit system today! Today’s episode is sponsored by WooCommerce! WooCommerce is customizable eCommerce built on WordPress, and is powering 30% of all online…
Listener Question: Marc Asks About Testing Private Methods
Jul 8, 2016 • 23 min
In today’s episode, I answer a few questions from listener Marc about testing. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account!…
Part 2: Interview with Rita Rovira
Jul 7, 2016 • 45 min
In today’s episode I talk with Rita Rovira, who has been in the business of hiring developers for most of her career. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit…
Part 1: Interview with Rita Rovira
Jul 5, 2016 • 35 min
In today’s episode I talk with Rita Rovira, who has been in the business of hiring developers for most of her career. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit…
Listener Jack Asks About Applying New Knowledge
Jul 1, 2016 • 16 min
In today’s episode, I answer listener Jack’s questions about applying information he is learning through reading and other resources. Jack contacted me via Slack, and you can too! Head over to http://spec.fm/slack to join us, and thousands of other…
Question: How Do You Job Hunt During Internships?
Jun 29, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, I answer a question from Reddit about job hunting during an internship. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering…
Listener Question: Brad Asks About Leadership
Jun 27, 2016 • 16 min
In today’s episode, we’ll talk about a question sent in by listener Brad about becoming a leader. Join the Spec Slack community at spec.fm/slack to ask your question!
The Tone of Code
Jun 24, 2016 • 9 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the “tone of code.”
Air, Fuel & Ignition
Jun 22, 2016 • 9 min
In today’s episode, I share with you a metaphor you can use that may help the next time you get stuck troubleshooting a bug.
Listener Question: Jona Asks About Designer Developers
Jun 20, 2016 • 19 min
In today’s episode, I answer listener and designer Jona’s question about coming into a development career. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is…
Picturing the Perfect Client
Jun 17, 2016 • 13 min
In today’s episode we’re talking about picturing the perfect client. The challenge to you is to think about your goals and your dream clients. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec.fm. Go find more amazing podcasts specifically created for you, the…
Reddit User Question: Parag0n asks about Architecting Projects
Jun 15, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, Parag0n asks a question on Reddit about architecting a large software system for the first time. (Original question on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/cscareerquestions/comments/4nt759/expected_to_plan_and_architect_a_project_and_im/)
The Great Developer Mindset: Getting Acquainted with Failure
Jun 13, 2016 • 11 min
In today’s episode, we talk about getting acquainted with failure. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec. If you’re interested in sharing your message with tens of thousands of developers and designers, head over to spec.fm/sponsors and reach out to…
Leading People to Meeting Victories
Jun 10, 2016 • 5 min
In today’s episode, we talk about leading people to victory in meetings. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec. If you’re interested in sharing your message with tens of thousands of developers and designers, head over to spec.fm/sponsors and reach…
Answering Listener Questions: Jean Michel asks about avoiding bike shedding
Jun 8, 2016 • 18 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.
Great Developer Mindset: Redefining Complete
Jun 6, 2016 • 23 min
In today’s episode, we’re talking about redefining “Complete”. This episode is the second in the “Great Developer Mindset” series. Today’s discussion talks about when to consider your code complete, and the dangers of skipping the details. Today’s episode…
Answering Listener Questions: Ajay asks about learning project ideas
Jun 3, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, I answer listener Ajay’s question about how to determine what type of project he should choose to learn JavaScript. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout…
Defeating The Interview Lull
Jun 1, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we talk about defeating the interview lull. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Get a 20 dollar credit today by going to linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 and get your first server up in minutes!
The Work / Life Equation
May 30, 2016 • 14 min
In today’s episode , we’re talking about the Work/Life Equation. Today’s episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to get started with a free month.…
The Great Developer Mindset - Demystifying Code
May 27, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode, I’ll be doing the first in a series of episodes about the Great Developer Mindset. In this part, we will talk about demystifying code. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes!
Interview with Tony Hillerson (Part 2)
May 25, 2016 • 71 min
In today’s episode I talk to Tony Hillerson, author of “Seven Mobile Apps in Seven Days.” This a longer interview, split into two separate parts - be certain to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes! Today’s episode is sponsored by…
Interview with Tony Hillerson (@thillerson, Part 1)
May 23, 2016 • 45 min
In today’s episode I talk to Tony Hillerson, author of “Seven Mobile Apps in Seven Days.” This a longer interview, split into two separate parts - be certain to subscribe so you don’t miss out on part two! Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With…
The Assumption of Impossible
May 20, 2016 • 6 min
In today’s short inspiration episode, we discuss the “assumption of impossibility.”
Flexible Decision Terms
May 18, 2016 • 16 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the “shutdown”, yes-ifs, and flexible decision terms. Today’s episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to get started…
Live with Ismael Burciaga (@burciaga) at @SquaresConference
May 16, 2016 • 20 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Ismael Burciaga, creator of Squares, about conferences and taking a first step into unfamiliar territory. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and…
Live @SquaresConference with Andi Graham (@andigrahambsd)
May 13, 2016 • 21 min
In today’s episode, I interview Andi Graham, CMO and managing partner at Big Sea Design. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer…
Live @SquaresConference Interview w/ @KimBost: Part 2
May 11, 2016 • 30 min
In today’s episode, I had a chance to speak with Kim Bost, product designer at Dropbox! Today’s episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to get started…
Live @SquaresConference Interview w/ Kim Bost: Part 1
May 9, 2016 • 19 min
In today’s episode, I had a chance to speak with Kim Bost, product designer at Dropbox! Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over to…
Key Moments in Client Relationships
May 6, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, I talk about 4 key moments on when to spend your energy to maintain a positive client relationship. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20…
Listener Question: John asks “How Do I Transition from Mid to Senior Level Development?”
May 4, 2016 • 11 min
In today’s episode, I talk to Developer Tea listener John about his transition period between jobs. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud…
Improving Views
May 2, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode we discuss 3 ways to improve your views. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode…
Maintaining Realationships with Your Colleagues
Apr 29, 2016 • 19 min
In today’s episode, I’ll talk with you about maintaining relationships with your colleagues! If you’re interested in sponsoring Developer Tea, head over to spec.fm/sponsors today!
Part 2: Performance Budget for Optimization
Apr 27, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s episode (and the next episode of Developer Tea), we discuss avoiding over-optimization by creating a “performance budget”. Today’s episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to…
Part 1: Performance Budget for Optimization
Apr 25, 2016 • 14 min
In today’s episode (and the next episode of Developer Tea), we discuss avoiding over-optimization by creating a “performance budget”. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix…
Proactive Client Communication
Apr 22, 2016 • 16 min
Today’s episode is all about proactive client communication! A HUGE thanks to today’s sponsor, FreshBooks! FreshBooks is ridiculously easy to use, and will help you get your books straight and get paid faster. To claim your free month, go to…
Refactoring Based on Code Responsibility
Apr 20, 2016 • 21 min
In today’s episode, I give you some tips for refactoring based on the responsibility of your code. Today’s episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to…
Abstract Mental Models
Apr 18, 2016 • 16 min
In today’s episode, I talk about four different types of abstract mental models. Today’s episode is sponsored by Squares Conference! Go to SquaresConference.com and use the code SPECFM25 at checkout to get 25% off your ticket to Squares. I’ll see you…
Part Two: Chris Castiglione (@castig)
Apr 15, 2016 • 42 min
In today’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Castiglione (@castig), one of the cofounders of One Month (onemonth.com). Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know…
Part One: Chris Castiglione (@castig)
Apr 13, 2016 • 29 min
In today’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Castiglione (@castig), one of the cofounders of One Month (onemonth.com). Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and…
Two Incredibly Important Mindsets for Becoming a Great Debugger
Apr 8, 2016 • 15 min
Debugging is a part of every developer’s career. In fact, a large portion of what developers do is fix code. In today’s episode, I’m going to share with you two important mindsets to have to become a great debugger. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode!…
Interval Thinking
Apr 6, 2016 • 10 min
In today’s episode, we’ll discuss a perspective, “interval thinking”, that could help return your estimation efforts to a more sane place. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at…
Minimum Viable Prioritization
Apr 4, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, I want to give you a mindset for prioritization that I believe can stick with you for the rest of your career. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for…
Foolishly Generous
Apr 1, 2016 • 20 min
In today’s episode of Developer Tea, I issue a challenge to you, the listener, to be foolishly generous. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your…
Listener Question: Matt Gale Asks About Onboarding New Team Memebers
Mar 30, 2016 • 14 min
In today’s episode, I talk about bringing new team members up to speed (this is a question from listener Matt Gale). Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head…
🎉 3 Million Listens! 🎉
Mar 28, 2016 • 17 min
In today’s episode, I’m celebrating an amazing 3 million listens (thank you!) by going back to the core fundamentals of Developer Tea: Focus. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find…
Experienced Developers and Impostor Syndrome
Mar 25, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode, I talk about impostor syndrome, specifically as it relates to the experienced developer. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards…
Part Two: Interview with Sam Lambert (@isamlambert)
Mar 23, 2016 • 25 min
In today’s episode, I interview Sam Lambert, Director of Systems at GitHub. Today’s episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners…
Part One: Interview with Sam Lambert (@isamlambert)
Mar 21, 2016 • 21 min
In today’s episode, I interview Sam Lambert, Director of Systems at GitHub. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea…
Listener Question: Simon Asks About Assimilating into A New Company Culture
Mar 18, 2016 • 17 min
In today’s episode, I answer a question from listener Simon about assimilating into a new culture. Simon’s previous question can be found here: http://spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea/16063 Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to…
Part Two: Interview with Kalid Azad @betterexplained
Mar 16, 2016 • 55 min
In today’s episode, I interview Kalid Azad, writer and teacher, and creator of BetterExplained.com. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code “DeveloperTea” at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!
Part One: Interview with Kalid Azad (@betterexplained)
Mar 14, 2016 • 34 min
In today’s episode, I interview Kalid Azad, writer and teacher, and creator of BetterExplained.com. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over to…
Crafting The Interview Process
Mar 11, 2016 • 20 min
In today’s episode, I talk about crafting a better interview process. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again…
Part Two: Interview with Rachel Smith
Mar 9, 2016 • 33 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Rachel Smith, a JavaScript developer currently working at CodePen! Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code “DeveloperTea” at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!
Part One: Interview with Rachel Smith
Mar 7, 2016 • 36 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Rachel Smith, a JavaScript developer currently working at CodePen! Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over to…
Part Two: Interview With Kenneth Reitz (@kennethreitz)
Mar 4, 2016 • 33 min
In today’s episode, I interview Kenneth Reitz, Python product owner at Heroku! Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account!…
Part One: Interview With Kenneth Reitz (@kennethreitz)
Mar 2, 2016 • 33 min
In today’s episode, I interview Kenneth Reitz, Python product owner at Heroku! Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over to…
Episode 200!
Feb 29, 2016 • 18 min
Today’s episode is the 200th episode of Developer Tea! In this episode, I skip the stats, and instead share with you some of the things I’ve learned along the way of building this podcast since last January. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean!…
Thinking Hats
Feb 26, 2016 • 14 min
In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about remaining flexible and wearing multiple “thinking hats.” Developer Tea is proudly supported by Dev Bootcamp, the original immersive coding program that transforms beginners into full-stack web developers. Head…
Part Two: Interview w/ Jason Snell
Feb 24, 2016 • 33 min
In today’s episode, I continue my interview with Jason Snell! Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code “DeveloperTea” at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!
Part One: Interview w/ Jason Snell
Feb 22, 2016 • 23 min
In today’s episode I have the pleasure of being joined by Jason Snell! Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now!…
Client Relationships: Meeting Preparation Tips
Feb 19, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss a few tips for preparing for a client meeting.
Part Two: Interview with David Hemphill
Feb 17, 2016 • 39 min
In today’s episode, I interview designer and developer David Hemphill. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code “DeveloperTea” at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!
Part One: Interview with David Hemphill
Feb 15, 2016 • 37 min
In today’s episode, I interview designer and developer David Hemphill. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now!…
Building and Maintaining Client Relationships: Active Listening
Feb 12, 2016 • 19 min
In today’s episode, we’re talking about a fundamental skill for building client relationships: active listening. Developer Tea is proudly supported by Dev Bootcamp, the original immersive coding program that transforms beginners into full-stack web…
Part Two: Simon St. Laurent
Feb 10, 2016 • 30 min
In today’s episode, I’ll be talking with Simon St. Laurent, senior editor at O’Reilly and veteran web developer. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code “DeveloperTea” at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!
Part One: Simon St. Laurent
Feb 8, 2016 • 41 min
In today’s episode, I’ll be talking with Simon St. Laurent, senior editor at O’Reilly and veteran web developer. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over…
Turbulence
Feb 5, 2016 • 7 min
In today’s episode, I talk about turbulence, and a new approach to responding to difficulties you encounter. Developer Tea is proudly supported by Dev Bootcamp, the original immersive coding program that transforms beginners into full-stack web…
Part 2: Una Kravets (@Una)
Feb 3, 2016 • 32 min
In today’s episode, I interview Una Kravets, developer at IBM and prolific open source advocate. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code “DeveloperTea” at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!
Part 1: Una Kravets (@Una)
Feb 1, 2016 • 31 min
In today’s episode, I interview Una Kravets, developer at IBM and prolific open source advocate. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start, head over to…
Crucial Steps for Interview Preparation
Jan 29, 2016 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we will discuss crucial steps for interview preparation. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to https://linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting…
Part 2 - Rachel Nabors (@rachelnabors)
Jan 27, 2016 • 51 min
In today’s episode, I continue my interview with Rachel Nabors. Head over to Spec.fm if you missed the first part! Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code “DeveloperTea” at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!
Part 1 - Rachel Nabors (@rachelnabors)
Jan 25, 2016 • 36 min
In today’s episode, I interview Rachel Nabors, front-end developer, animator, speaker, and writer.
Sunk Cost Fallacy and 3 Traps to Avoid
Jan 22, 2016 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we will discuss the sunk cost fallacy and 3 traps that lead to the sunk cost fallacy that you should avoid. Today’s episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a…
Learning On The Job
Jan 20, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, I discuss four tips for learning on the job. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code “DeveloperTea” at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!
Comparison Conundrums
Jan 18, 2016 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we discuss the problems we may encounter when we employ one of our brain’s superpowers, comparison. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don’t know where to start,…
Features You Don’t Need (At Least For Now)
Jan 15, 2016 • 18 min
In today’s episode of Developer Tea, I talk about features your application doesn’t need (at least for now). This episode is focused mostly towards early application development, but we discuss a few things that are completely relevant to later stage…
Developer Tea Gear: From My Room to Your Ears
Jan 13, 2016 • 18 min
Today’s episode talks all about gear! We’re discussing the gear I use to record this podcast. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code “DeveloperTea” at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!
Cognitive Biases That Can Kill Your Product
Jan 11, 2016 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we discuss two cognitive biases that could kill your work, whether you are creating a startup product or working for a well established business. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or…
Listener Question: Felix Asks, “How do I gain the experience needed for the job I want?”
Jan 8, 2016 • 15 min
In today’s episode, I respond to a question from listener Felix about getting past the “no experience” problem. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code DeveloperTea to get a FREE month of
Celebrating One Year of Developer Tea
Jan 6, 2016 • 9 min
In today’s episode, I celebrate the one-year anniversary of Developer Tea! Thank you for making this year great. I look forward to many more!
Three Tips For Practicing Focus
Jan 4, 2016 • 20 min
In today’s episode, we talk about focus, once again! Focus is a topic that can’t be covered enough. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to start your job path today!
Making Your Resolutions Stick
Jan 1, 2016 • 16 min
Happy New Year! In today’s episode, I talk about resolutions. It’s 2016, and you’re probably making resolutions for the New Year. Listen to this episode if you want to make them stick. Today’s episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! Go to…
Part Two: Interview with Marcelo Somers & John Gully
Dec 30, 2015 • 35 min
In today’s episode, I continue my interview with Marcelo Somers and John Gully.
Part One: Interview with Marcelo Somers (@marcelosomers) & John Gully (@johngully)
Dec 28, 2015 • 34 min
In today’s episode, I interview Marcelo Somers and John Gully, creators of The Pattern Pack (patternpack.org). Thanks to today’s sponsor, OneMonth.com! Head over to onemonth.com/developertea to get 25% off your first month of enrollment!
Bonus Episode: Season’s Greetings
Dec 25, 2015 • 5 min
Happy Holidays! Today, I simply want to thank you, and challenge you to start thinking about the upcoming year, and reflect on the past year.
When Documentation Is A Bad Thing
Dec 23, 2015 • 11 min
In today’s episode, we talk about when documentation can be a bad thing.
Part Two: Interview with Christopher Schmitt (@teleject)
Dec 21, 2015 • 39 min
In today’s episode, I finish the interview with Christopher Schmitt.
Part One: Interview With Christopher Schmitt (@teleject)
Dec 18, 2015 • 41 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Christopher Schmitt, author of CSS Cookbook and part owner of Environments for Humans. Thank you to today’s sponsor, Digital Ocean! Use the code DEVELOPERTEA at checkout to receive a $10 credit to your account.
Opinions: Ally or Enemy
Dec 16, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! One Month is the first ever online school specifically for tech entrepreneurs. Enroll now at http://onemonth.com/developertea for 25% off your first month.
Talking about User Experience and Education w/ Jessica Ivins (@jessicaivins) - Part Two
Dec 14, 2015 • 27 min
In today’s episode, I continue my interview with Jessica Ivins. Today’s episode doesn’t have a specific sponsor. Instead, head over to spec.fm and check out the other shows on the network!
Talking about User Experience and Education with Jessica Ivins (@jessicaivins) - Part One
Dec 11, 2015 • 35 min
In today’s episode, I had a chance to interview Jessica Ivins. Jessica is a User Experience educator at Center Centre. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to start your job path today!
Listener Question: Matt Hirsch asks, “Does it make more sense to spend a lot of money on extensive resources or spend less on short courses to learn code?”
Dec 9, 2015 • 20 min
In today’s episode, I answer a question from listener Matt Hirsch: “Does it make more sense to spend a lot of money on extensive resources or spend less on short courses to learn code?” Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Go to…
Making The Most Of Your Off Time
Dec 7, 2015 • 18 min
In today’s episode, we discuss how to make the most of your off time. Today’s episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! One Month is the first ever online school specifically for tech entrepreneurs. Enroll now at http://onemonth.com/developertea for 25% off…
The Voice Inside Your Head
Dec 4, 2015 • 5 min
In today’s episode we discuss the concept of vocalizing the things you are thinking about as you work through a problem - the “voice inside your head.”
7 Networking Tips for Developers
Dec 2, 2015 • 12 min
In today’s episode, I share some tips to help you start networking as a developer. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to start your job path today!
Part Two: The Great Framework Debate
Nov 30, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPERTEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit! In today’s episode, we continue our…
Part One: The Great Framework Debate
Nov 27, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Delighted! Delighted is the easiest way to gather feedback from your customers. Sign up for a paid account at https://delighted.com/tea and receive a $100 credit today!
Turkey & Tea
Nov 26, 2015 • 3 min
Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for listening to Developer Tea. In today’s short special episode, I issue a challenge for you!
Listener Question: Jean-Michel Asks, “How Do You Know When It’s Time To Lead A Team That Has No Leader?”
Nov 25, 2015 • 16 min
In today’s episode, I respond to Jean-Michel’s question about when it’s time to step up and lead a team that currently has no leader. Today’s episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! One Month is the first ever online school specifically for tech…
Listener Question: Mark asks, “What’s Happening to the Ruby Developer Community?”
Nov 23, 2015 • 20 min
What’s happening to the Ruby community? Is it flailing, or doing just fine? Some evidence and simple logic says both are possible. Let’s explore it a bit further in today’s episode! Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to…
Makers Versus Menders with Andrea Goulet (@andreagoulet)
Nov 20, 2015 • 42 min
Today I talk with Andrea Goulet about software “makers and menders.” Andrea is the CEO of CorgiBytes. Listen in if you are interested in refactoring and green field projects, and the difference between the two! Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital…
Thinking Small
Nov 18, 2015 • 12 min
In today’s episode, we talk about solving small problems. I’ll give you a few tips for scoping your problems down to be smaller. Thanks to today’s sponsor, Linode! Get root access on super-fast linux cloud servers in just a few minutes! Use the code…
Focus, Fear, and Missing Out: Picking Tools Without Anxiety
Nov 16, 2015 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we talk about FoMO (the fear of missing out) as it relates to deciding what tools to use. Thanks to today’s sponsor, Linode! Get root access on super-fast linux cloud servers in just a few minutes! Use the code DeveloperTea10 to get…
The Frontend at Whiteboard
Nov 13, 2015 • 18 min
In today’s episode I talk about some of the front-end tools we use at Whiteboard. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to get started today!
How To Make Small Things A Big Deal, Plus: Celebrating 2 Million Listens!
Nov 11, 2015 • 19 min
Today, I talk about how I grew this show from zero to 2 million users.
Getting The Most Out Of A Conference
Nov 9, 2015 • 19 min
Today, we talk about participating in conferences, both as a speaker and as an attendee. Thanks to today’s sponsor, Linode! Get root access on super-fast linux cloud servers in just a few minutes! Use the code DeveloperTea10 to get $10 off on your new…
Code Without Fear
Nov 6, 2015 • 12 min
Code without fear! Happy late Halloween, everyone. :) Today’s sponsor is Linode! Linode is focused on making their servers ultra-fast. Run containers or your own Git server, with full root access. Linode offers hourly billing with a monthly cap on all…
Listener Question: Sean asks, “Where Can I Find Well Written Code?”
Nov 4, 2015 • 15 min
Sean asked me where to find well written code in Slack. (You can join us by going to http://spec.fm/slack)
How do I manage a project that feels too big for one person to handle?
Nov 2, 2015 • 18 min
Today I talk about managing projects that seem relatively large for one person (or a small team) to manage. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPERTEA at…
Leave It Better Than The Way You Found It
Oct 30, 2015 • 7 min
Today I give you a short homily: Leave code (and anything, really) better than you find it!
Listener Question: Jake Schwartz (@jakehschwartz_) asks, “How do I suggest improvements to someone else’s codebase without offending them?”
Oct 28, 2015 • 16 min
Today, I discuss a question Jake Schwartz asked me in the Spec.fm Slack community. You can join our Slack community by going to spec.fm/slack Thanks to today’s sponsor, imgix. imgix is real-time image resizing as a service. It’s FREE to sign up and easy…
Part Two: Paul Straw & Sean Washington (@paulstraw & @seanwashington)
Oct 26, 2015 • 21 min
In today’s episode, I talk to Paul Straw and Sean Washington from Does Not Compute, the newest member of the Spec family. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to get started today!
Part One: Paul Straw & Sean Washington (@paulstraw & @seanwashington) talk about focus, JavaScript frameworks, and rites of passage
Oct 23, 2015 • 25 min
In today’s episode, I talk to Paul Straw and Sean Washington from Does Not Compute, the newest member of the Spec family. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code Developer Tea at checkout to get $10 credit on your account.
Not to Do List: How Warren Buffett Keeps His Priorities Straight
Oct 21, 2015 • 6 min
In today’s episode, I discuss creating a “not to-do list”, inspired by Warren Buffett’s “two list strategy.” Today’s episode is presented by Spec! For show notes and more episodes, head over to http://spec.fm today. Don’t forget to subscribe!
Solving The X/Y Problem
Oct 19, 2015 • 12 min
Today, we discuss the X/Y problem. Today’s episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! Go to onemonth.com/developertea to start learning to code today!
9 Questions You Should Always Ask During An Interview
Oct 16, 2015 • 19 min
Today I talk to you about questions you should always ask a potential employer. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired! If you are a developer or a designer looking for a job, Hired is a fantastic place to begin your journey! The special link for a doubled…
Developing Soft Skills & Cultivating Relationships
Oct 14, 2015 • 13 min
Today, we’ll discuss how to cultivate relationships as a developer. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPER TEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!
Feature Runways
Oct 12, 2015 • 5 min
In today’s episode, we talk about “Feature Runways.”
Managing Questions
Oct 9, 2015 • 6 min
Today we talk about saving time by managing questions.
Listener Question: Crispin asks, “What’s the threshold from executing to mastering?”
Oct 7, 2015 • 14 min
In today’s episode, I answer a question from listener Crispin Bennet! Crispin wrote in and asked me about the balance between learning something (“deep-dive” style) and doing just enough to be productive today. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com…
Constant State of Alert
Oct 5, 2015 • 16 min
Today we talk about avoiding a state of constant yellow alert.
Part Two: Gregg Pollack & Carlos Souza
Oct 2, 2015 • 29 min
Today I talk with Gregg Pollack and Carlos Souza from Codeschool. Today’s episode is brought to you by http://spec.fm!
Part One: Gregg Pollack & Carlos Souza (@caike and @greggpollack)
Sep 30, 2015 • 23 min
Today I talk with Gregg Pollack and Carlos Souza from Codeschool. Today’s episode is brought to you by http://spec.fm!
Destigmatizing Failure
Sep 28, 2015 • 18 min
In today’s episode, I underline the importance of failure to the learning process, and then we discuss why failure should be destigmatized and looked at more in depth. Many thanks to today’s sponsor, Hired.com! Head over to Hired.com/developertea and you…
Fixing the Broken Hiring Process: It’s All About Context
Sep 25, 2015 • 11 min
In today’s episode, we talk about the flawed process we use in the development industry for hiring. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPER TEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10…
Part Two: Cap Watkins (@cap)
Sep 23, 2015 • 49 min
In this second part of my interview with Cap Watkins, we discuss the coexistence of specialization and generalization. This episode is brought to you by Spec.fm! Check out http://Spec.fm for a ton of content made specifically for developers and designers!
Part One: Cap Watkins (@cap)
Sep 21, 2015 • 56 min
In today’s episode, I had a chance to talk with Cap Watkins, the VP of Design at Buzzfeed, about quite a few things - most importantly, collaboration. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec.fm! Head over to Spec.fm for tons of amazing content, created…
False Dichotomies
Sep 18, 2015 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we’re talking about ways to avoid false dichotomies. Many thanks to today’s sponsor, Hired.com! Head over to Hired.com/developertea and you could receive 5 or more job offers in a given week!
Automation: Creating Higher Order Functionality and Building an Automatic Schedule
Sep 16, 2015 • 16 min
Today’s episode is a short discussion on automation. We’ll explore some helpful ways to look at automation that help make it more than simply scripting repeatable steps. Today’s episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Visit digitalocean.com today and spin…
Interview with Eric Elliott: On JavaScript, Writing, and Creating High Velocity Development Teams
Sep 14, 2015 • 56 min
In today’s episode, I interview Eric Elliott. Eric is a JavaScript developer and author with a lot of knowledge to share! Be sure to check out JavaScript Scene, the blog Eric is primarily responsible for, here: https://medium.com/javascript-scene. Today’s…
Subjective vs. Concrete Decisions
Sep 11, 2015 • 18 min
Today, I talk about a particular framework for making decisions. The framework presents a specific dichotomy between concreteness and subjectivity. Today’s episode is sponsored by Spec.fm! Visit Spec.fm for more information about Developer Tea and…
Listener Pubudu Asks How to Avoid Procrastination and Boredom, and Find Renewed Energy for Work
Sep 9, 2015 • 17 min
Today, I discuss listener Pubudu’s questions about how to find energy and enjoyment in his work, and how to stop procrastinating. Today’s episode is sponsored by Hired.com! Visit hired.com/developertea today and you could receive 5 or more job offers each…
Listener Question: Sahar asks, “How do I get more out of my day?”
Sep 7, 2015 • 21 min
In today’s episode, I answer a question from listener Sahar. Sahar asks me about work life balance when work life is most taxing. Today’s sponsor is DigitalOcean. Head over to digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code Developer Tea at…
The Messaging Paradigm: Building Programs Around the Concept of Messengers and Receivers
Sep 4, 2015 • 9 min
In today’s episode we talk about a message passing paradigm for programming. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec.fm - content and podcasts for developers and designers!
Closures, Private & Methods
Sep 2, 2015 • 10 min
In today’s episode we talk about closures and private object methods. Today’s episode is brought to you by Spec.fm! Check out Spec.fm for more podcasts and content for developers and designers.
The Best Tool vs. The Right Tool: Don’t Forsake Personality When Picking Frameworks or Languages
Aug 31, 2015 • 9 min
In today’s episode, I’ll talk about choosing the best tool vs. choosing the right tool for a job. Be sure to check out: spec.fm, where you can join the Developer Tea slack channel spec.fm/slack and join the conversation.
Decorator vs. Facade Patterns & Knowing When To Use Them
Aug 28, 2015 • 10 min
In today’s episode I review decorator and facade patterns. Special thanks to today’s sponsor: DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code “DEVELOPER TEA” at the checkout after you create your account to…
Listener Question: Simon asks, “How do I switch mindset from personal project to day job?”
Aug 26, 2015 • 21 min
Today’s listener question is about working on side projects in the same space as your day job. Today’s Sponsor: Harvest. Harvest is a great way to track your time and send invoices. Try it free for 30 days at getharvest.com and use promo code TEATIME to…
Rejecting the DRY Principle
Aug 24, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s episode is about repeating yourself, and knowing when to repeat yourself and when not to. Thanks to today’s sponsor: Code School. Visit codeschool.com/developertea to start learning web technologies from the comfort of your own browser for free.
Time vs. Value: Billing for Features
Aug 21, 2015 • 10 min
Today I’m going to be sharing the simple perspective shift that helped me understand how valuable programming is, and billing for your features, not the amount of time you spend building it. Today’s episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to…
The Twelve-Factor App, Part 2: Dependencies & Config
Aug 19, 2015 • 13 min
Today we continue our discussion on The Twelve-Factor App. In this episode, we’ll be focusing on dependencies and config, offering tips along the way. Thanks to Harvest, today’s sponsor. Go to getharvest.com and try out their time tracking software for 30…
The Twelve-Factor App, Part 1: Codebase
Aug 17, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s episode will be focused around codebase also known as a repository. We’ll talk about understanding codebase, implementing techniques and deploying. Special thanks to today’s sponsor: Hired. Check out hired.com/developertea for free, no obligation…
Mutable States, Refactory Tips & Reasonable Code Techniques
Aug 15, 2015 • 11 min
In today’s episode I’ll dig into mutable states and go over two things you can do to get away from relying on states. Today’s episode is powered by Code School. Code School is an online learning destination for existing and aspiring developers that…
Reading the Manual
Aug 12, 2015 • 14 min
In today’s episode, I talk about the importance of stopping assumptions in their tracks by reading manuals. I’ll go over documentation, and tips to get you started on the fundamentals of manual reading. Today’s episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to…
Intentional Problem Solving: How To Work It Out, Without Google
Aug 10, 2015 • 13 min
In today’s episode, I talk about intentional problem solving and challenge listeners to stop reaching for the quickest answer and instead experience the problem. This episode is made possible by Hired.com. Hired is your free, no obligation resource for…
Listener Question: Dhruv Asks, “What should a beginner like me work on?”
Aug 7, 2015 • 21 min
In today’s episode I answer the listener question, “What should a beginner like me work on?” Aside from being a better coder, where should you expand knowledge on? Thanks to today’s sponsor, Harvest. Harvest is your time tracking tool built to save…
The Power of the Minute & Engineering Memorable Experiences
Aug 5, 2015 • 13 min
On Today’s episode, I talk about making a good first impression. How can we engineer memorable moments that will have a positive impact on how people remember your product or service? Today’s episode is brought to you by Hired. Hired is your free, no…
Single Responsibility Principle: A Class Should Have One, and Only One Reason to Change
Aug 3, 2015 • 9 min
In today’s episode I review why focus is so important to coding. Today’s episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code DEVELOPER TEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10…
Listener Question: Janus asks, As a Designer, when should I let someone else do the code heavy lifting?
Jul 31, 2015 • 22 min
Today’s episode, I answer a listener question from Janus, who focuses primarily on User Experience and Design. Today’s episode is brought to you by Hired. Hired is your free, no obligation resource for job searching. If you or someone you know is looking…
How to Play to Your Strengths
Jul 29, 2015 • 18 min
In today’s episode, I’ll talk about what strengths can help you recognize which skills to become a master at. Today’s episode is sponsored by Code School. Code School is an online learning destination for existing and aspiring developers that teaches…
The Disposability of Computing Resources & Fixing Future Bug Anxiety
Jul 27, 2015 • 7 min
In today’s episode, I talk about the disposability of our computing resources, code testing tips, and how to intermingle coding with planning. Today’s episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo…
Anchoring Your Estimations: How to Keep Clients Happy
Jul 24, 2015 • 10 min
Clients are never happy when hearing that you’ve underestimated how long a project will take in reality. In today’s episode, I talk about how to anchor your estimations and keep your clients happy, and a quick tip to get you there. Thanks to today’s…
Why You Should Refactor Your Software
Jul 22, 2015 • 16 min
In today’s episode I’ll talk about the importance of refactoring your software, identifying when you should refactor your code and tips and techniques for optimal refactoring to keep your code easier to maintain and easier for future extension. Today’s…
Listener Question: What’s The Difference Between a Junior and Senior Developer?
Jul 20, 2015 • 22 min
Today we’ll explore what the difference is between a junior and senior level developer, basic characteristics, and how to get from junior, to mid and senior programing levels. Today’s episode is sponsored by Code School. Code School is an online learning…
Patrick Hill: Hobby Life vs. Work Life
Jul 17, 2015 • 51 min
in today’s episode, I get to talk with fellow developer and podcaster Patrick Hill about balancing hobbies and work life. Today’s episode is brought to you by Hired. A free, no obligation resource for job searching. If you or someone you know is looking…
Grant Ingersoll: The Numbers Don’t Lie
Jul 15, 2015 • 28 min
In today’s episode, Grant and I discuss his book, Taming Text, how he got into Natural Language Processing (NLP), and discover what he thinks is the next big problem to be solved in text and language analysis. This episode is brought to you by Codeschool.…
Episode 100!
Jul 13, 2015 • 14 min
Today marks our 100th episode of Developer Tea. To celebrate, today’s episode, is dedicated to improvement. I’ll talk about the importance of improvement as a developer and as a person, give four tips for continuous improvement, and end with an exciting…
Daily routines and controlling impulsive behaviors
Jul 10, 2015 • 12 min
Today I talk about more reasons to have a daily routine. This episode is presented by Code School. Go to codeschool.com/developertea to learn about their latest SQL course, “The Sequel to SQL”.
Your Brain: On IKEA as a cognitive bias
Jul 8, 2015 • 9 min
Today, I dive into what helps us make good decisions, what hinders our ability to make those good decisions and tips to recognize biases so you can continue to make good decisions on a regular basis. Today’s episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to…
Useful Laziness
Jul 6, 2015 • 6 min
In today’s episode I talk about the positive and negative effects of laziness, and the overlap between simplicity and complexity. Today’s episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com - Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get started learning Ruby on Rails…
Estimation and shifting focus from absolute to relative
Jul 3, 2015 • 12 min
Estimation is so hard to do. Today, I talk about overcoming estimation obstacles, and some tactics to help you along the way. Today’s episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code “DEVELOPER…
Russ Taylor, Part Two: Bulletproof Vest
Jul 1, 2015 • 41 min
In the second half of the two-part interview with Russ, we talk about the importance of testing, testing methods, and how to stay productive. Thanks to today’s sponsor, imgix. imgix is real-time image resizing as a service. It’s FREE to sign up and easy…
Russ Taylor, Part One: Continuous Integration
Jun 30, 2015 • 27 min
During today’s first half of a two-part interview, I have the pleasure of talking with Russ Taylor. Russ works on the continuous integration team at Etsy. Today’s episode is brought to you by OneMonth.com. Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get…
Don’t Delay, Say No
Jun 26, 2015 • 8 min
In today’s episode, I talk about the fatal flaw of putting things off ‘til tomorrow, and the simple, yet difficult, solution to the imbalance of the demand we experience versus our capacity to accomplish those demands. Today’s episode is sponsored by…
Mackenzie Child, Part Two: Design Background, Developer Skill
Jun 24, 2015 • 25 min
In Part Two of this episode Mackenzie Child and I talk about his 12 in 12 challenge, and making the switch from designer to developer. Today’s episode is brought to you by OneMonth.com. Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get started learning Ruby…
Mackenzie Child, Part One: Concrete Goals
Jun 22, 2015 • 16 min
I caught up with Mackenzie Child to talk about his 12 in 12 challenge, making concrete goals, and learning to recognize when you’re overcommitting. This episode is brought to you by Raygun. Raygun detects every error in your software, the second they…
Benefits of Knowledge: Teaching to Learn
Jun 19, 2015 • 7 min
Teaching is one of the best ways to solidify the skills and knowledge you know. During this episode, I’ll talk about when to start teaching, how to start teaching, and three benefits of teaching.
Listener Question: How to Separate Your Social Media Identities
Jun 17, 2015 • 17 min
Today’s listener question comes from Matthew, who asks: “How should I separate my social media identities, or should I separate my social media identities between professional and personal life?” This episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com. Head over to…
Internship Tips
Jun 16, 2015 • 10 min
Today I talk about getting the most out of an internship. This episode is brought to you by Raygun. Raygun detects every error in your software, the second they happen, finding bugs before your users do. Sign up for a FREE trial at raygun.io
1 Million
Jun 15, 2015 • 8 min
Thanks to you, and all of our other listeners Developer Tea has reached over 1,000,000 unique listens! To commemorate the occasion we’ve created an official Developer Tea t-shirt found exclusively on Cotton Bureau. Visit bit.ly/dtshirt to pre-order your…
Answering Front-End Interview Questions: Call vs. Apply and Integrating Multiple Stylesheets
Jun 12, 2015 • 13 min
On today’s episode, I talk about the importance of forming an informed opinion by disecting two questions in github’s [Front-End Developer Interview Questions repository.][1] This episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com. Head over to…
Beyond The Skillset
Jun 11, 2015 • 18 min
Today’s episode was inspired by a listener question on job hunting and what makes you employable. This episode is sponsored by Intuit. Check out the developer sandbox and API explorer at http://intuit.me/DevTea to get started building apps for millions of…
Part Two: Brianna and Andrew Norcross Talk About Entrepreneurship, Learning a Language, and Defending Wordpress
Jun 10, 2015 • 41 min
Brianna and Andrew Norcross are a powerhouse of a couple. They started Reaktiv Studios, a WordPress-focused agency based in Florida. I spoke with Brianna and Andrew about how they have learned to work together as a married couple. If you missed it, make…
Part One: Brianna and Andrew Norcross Talk About Working Together, Living Together, Balance, and Rebellion
Jun 8, 2015 • 18 min
Brianna and Andrew Norcross are a powerhouse of a couple. They started Reaktiv Studios, a WordPress-focused agency based in Florida. I spoke with Brianna and Andrew about how they have learned to work together as a married couple. Be sure to subscribe if…
Inspiration Episode: Kent Beck Day!
Jun 5, 2015 • 5 min
Hey everyone! Today, I celebrate a hero of mine, Kent Beck. Full of quite a few pieces of wisdom, Kent is an incredible thinker and writer. Today, I share two quotes from Kent, and discuss their implications. Make sure you vote for Developer Tea for the…
Media Consumption Diet
Jun 2, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s episode is all about media consumption, and the importance of slowing down and being more intentional about what we consume. This episode is sponsored by Intuit. Check out the developer sandbox and API explorer at http://intuit.me/DevTea to get…
Discovering Formalization: The Proper Place for Theory
Jun 1, 2015 • 7 min
Today, we discuss the place of formalization and theory, and how we should be starting from the position of discovery rather than trying to fit every problem to a pre-existing theoretical formula. Today’s sponsor is Codeship, a hosted continuous…
Listener Question: How Do I Start Mentoring? 2 Tips To Make A Mentorship Effective for the Mentor AND the Mentee
May 29, 2015 • 13 min
Today, I answer a question from listener Emalee about how to become a beginner mentor. From the outside looking in, this is very difficult! Going from “student” to “teacher” is a hard transition. I outline a few thoughts, and give you two tips from my…
Inspiration Episode: Creating Effective Metaphors + Developer Tea Gets Nominated for “Best Podcast of the Year” in the Net Awards!
May 27, 2015 • 9 min
Metaphors are a powerful way of exploring a given subject. In this episode, I’ll share with you why metaphors are so powerful, and how you can create effective metaphors yourself! To vote for Developer Tea in the 16th annual Net Awards, go to…
4 Tips for Creating a Great Developer Resume
May 25, 2015 • 13 min
In this episode, I give 4 tips for creating a great resume. The reality is, resumes are still an important part of the hiring process. Your resume can make or break you. So, what are employees looking for in a developer? I can only speak from my personal…
Travis Neilson, Part Two: Engaging Your Audience, Creating Conversations, Becoming a Publisher, and Viciously Yucky Comments on YouTube
May 22, 2015 • 35 min
Today, I’m joined by the talented and intelligent Travis Neilson. Travis is the creator of DevTips, an instructional YouTube channel that has generated over 1 million views and about 35,000 subscribers! Travis invited me on his show recently, and I had…
Travis Neilson, Part One: Evergreen Content and the Pluses and Minuses of YouTube vs Podcasting
May 21, 2015 • 29 min
Today, I’m joined by the talented and intelligent Travis Neilson. Travis is the creator of DevTips, an instructional YouTube channel that has generated over 1 million views and about 35,000 subscribers! Travis invited me on his show recently, and I had…
Healthy Difficulty: Dealing With Frustration and Confusion
May 20, 2015 • 7 min
In this episode, I discuss the origin of difficulty and confusion, and how we can better deal with these things on a day to day basis. It turns out, frustration and confusion are some of the most important experiences in our lives. Today’s episode is…
Three Methods to Improve Your Memorization and Learning Ability, Starting Today
May 18, 2015 • 11 min
In today’s episode, I discuss three different methods that will help create long lasting, usable memory more effectively. Today’s sponsor is Codeship, a hosted continuous integration platform. Get started today at Codeship.com, and use the code…
My Thoughts (and Stolen Quotes) About Originality, Creating from Nothing, and the Authenticity of Synthesis
May 15, 2015 • 7 min
In today’s episode, I talk about the importance of synthesis to the process of creating novel things. I also discuss our obsession with originality and “creating from nothing.” Today’s episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com…
Interview with Daniel Rapp, Creator of the Doppler JavaScript Library
May 14, 2015 • 17 min
Today, I interview Daniel Rapp, creator of the Doppler.js library. Daniel is a computer science student in Sweden who is constantly investigating the intersection of math and creativity using code. Doppler became popular on GitHub, despite the fact that…
Listener Question from Summit: How To Hunt for a Different Job While Already Employed Without Exhausting Yourself or Burning Bridges
May 13, 2015 • 14 min
In today’s episode, listener Summit asks about how to search for a new job while being employed, and how to keep from getting to exhausted. This episode is sponsored by Intuit. Check out the developer sandbox and API explorer at http://intuit.me/DevTea to…
Creating Obvious Systems: Why Mental Models Justify Simplicity, and When to Utilize Surprise and Delight
May 11, 2015 • 10 min
In today’s episode, I discuss the importance of relying on obviousness when designing software and user interfaces, and when you should be utilizing surprise. Today’s episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and…
Answering Listener Questions: Matt asks about the feasibility of finding remote work, online education, and the order of learning
May 8, 2015 • 18 min
Matt is a beginner developer who is making a shift to support his new life situation, in which he is unable to work a normal 9-to-5 job in an office. Matt sent me an email asking a few questions about this shift, and how he should begin to learn. This…
Inspiration Episode: Brian Eno Teaches Us To Limit Our Options
May 7, 2015 • 3 min
In this week’s inspiration episode starts with a quote from Brian Eno, a highly influential musician and audio engineer, about limiting options in order to better take advantage of our efforts.
Scott Belsky, Part Two
May 6, 2015 • 16 min
Scott Belsky (http://twitter.com/@ScottBelsky) is the VP Products & Community at Adobe and cofounder of Behance. Scott is also a successful investor in major tech companies such as Periscope and Uber. Scott and I talk about the fundamental nature of…
Scott Belsky, Part One
May 4, 2015 • 16 min
Scott Belsky is the VP Products & Community at Adobe and cofounder of Behance. Scott is also a successful investor in major tech companies such as Periscope and Uber. Scott and I talk about the fundamental nature of creativity, why he created Behance,…
Answering Front-end Developer Interview Questions: Explaining the Importance of Standards for the Web
May 1, 2015 • 8 min
In today’s episode, we discuss the importance of standards and standards bodies for web technologies, specifically for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript specs. Today’s episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use…
Answering Listener Questions: Devin, a Non-Developer, Asks About Grasping Things That Go Over His Head, and Finding Starting Points
Apr 30, 2015 • 11 min
In this episode, long-time listener Devin asks about how to grasp things that go over his head. You’re not alone, Devin! In this episode, I give you (and others just like you) encouragement in the midst of your confusion, as well as some more practical…
Hampton Catlin, Part Two: Speedy Sass with libsass, Wordset.org and Open-Sourcing Our Words
Apr 29, 2015 • 26 min
In today’s episode, I talk with Hampton Catlin about fast Sass compilation with libsass, and then we discuss his latest project, Wordset, and why we need a truly open source dictionary. Further show notes can be found at http://developertea.com! This…
Hampton Catlin, Part One: Sass, the W3C, and (not) Being Data-Driven
Apr 27, 2015 • 26 min
In this episode, I sat down with Hampton Catlin to talk about his Ruby survey, the implications of the data, and about the evolution (and naming) of Sass. Show notes can be found at http://developertea.com
Weekly Inspiration - Happiness and Doing Our Best Work: 3 Practical Steps to Getting The Right Things Done and Finding Focus State Faster
Apr 24, 2015 • 11 min
In today’s inspiration episode, I discuss the importance of removing barriers between you and your most important work, and why that is such an important thing to do. I then discuss 3 practical steps you can try that have helped me get to my focus state,…
Part Two: Culture and Connecting to Our Work with Pamela Vickers
Apr 23, 2015 • 13 min
Pamela Vickers and I sat down at Ancient City Ruby to talk about culture, conferences, and ping pong. And it was awesome. RailsGirls Atlanta PERMA MINSWAN Ruby Dramas (Avoiding) Ruby Drama Hampton’s Ruby Survey
Part One: Culture and Connecting to Our Work with Pamela Vickers
Apr 22, 2015 • 10 min
Pamela Vickers and I sat down at Ancient City Ruby to talk about culture, conferences, and ping pong. And it was awesome. @pwnela RailsGirls Atlanta PERMA MINSWAN Ruby Dramas (Avoiding) Ruby Drama Hampton’s Ruby Survey
Answering Listener Questions - Clyde Asks About Learning to Code while on the Road
Apr 20, 2015 • 13 min
In today’s episode, Clyde asks about learning to code while on the road. If you’ve ever tried to focus in a new environment, or if you are learning to code while changing locations, this episode is for you!
Part 2: Ben Lesh on Reactive Programming at Netflix, Massive Data, and the Threadsafe Future
Apr 17, 2015 • 40 min
Ben Lesh is a senior UI engineer at Netflix, where he works on projects that use reactive programming in JavaScript to manage massive amounts of data. Ben talks with me about a variety of topics, focusing on reactive programming and data stream…
Part 1: Ben Lesh on Reactive Programming at Netflix, Massive Data, and the Threadsafe Future
Apr 15, 2015 • 21 min
Ben Lesh is a senior UI engineer at Netflix, where he works on projects that use reactive programming in JavaScript to manage massive amounts of data. Ben talks with me about a variety of topics, focusing on reactive programming and data stream…
How We Spend Our Days, How We Spend Our Lives, and One Way To Get a Better Grasp On Time
Apr 14, 2015 • 9 min
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. But how can we get a better grasp on time? In this episode, I share a simple tip that exploits our brain’s natural tendency to take shortcuts to help you better experience time and avoid the…
Taking Best Practices and Advice with a Grain of Salt
Apr 13, 2015 • 9 min
In this episode, we talk about “best practices” and advice, and what you should do with those things in your day to day life. Today’s episode sponsored by Intuit! Head over to http://intuit.me/DevTea to get started!
Ernie Miller and Human Development, Part Two (at Ancient City Ruby)
Apr 10, 2015 • 20 min
I had the pleasure of attending Ancient City Ruby and interviewing a few folks while I was there. Ernie Miller was a speaker at ACR, and also sat down with me to talk about agile, humane development, and the implications of technically oriented people…
Estimating Sandwiches: Why the Gut Doesn’t Work, and How Small Is Better
Apr 9, 2015 • 8 min
This episode is all about estimation, and how important it is to focus on estimating small things, and understand the implications of scale on your estimations. This episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean, cloud SSD hosting that you can deploy in just 55…
Ernie Miller and Human Development, Part One (at Ancient City Ruby)
Apr 8, 2015 • 17 min
I had the pleasure of attending Ancient City Ruby and interviewing a few folks while I was there. Ernie Miller was a speaker at ACR, and also sat down with me to talk about agile, humane development, and the implications of technically oriented people…
Inspiration Episode #6: 4 Tips for Starting from Ground Zero, and Celebrating 500k listens!
Apr 6, 2015 • 8 min
In today’s episode, I’m ecstatic to announce 500k unique listens! That’s half of a million, if you didn’t already pick up on that. I’m looking forward to the 1 million mark with all of you! I also discuss a few tips for starting from ground zero. Thank…
32: Rebecca Murphey on Scoutfiles, Hardware Hacking, and Chickens
Apr 3, 2015 • 34 min
Today I interview Rebecca Murphey, one of the JavaScript community’s most memorable voices and a genuine, kind person. Rebecca has been doing JavaScript for quite a few years, and you might know her from yayQuery and other jQuery-related things, her work…
32: Rebecca Murphey on Third-party JavaScript Distribution at BazaarVoice
Apr 2, 2015 • 30 min
Today I interview Rebecca Murphey, one of the JavaScript community’s most memorable voices and a genuine, kind person. Rebecca has been doing JavaScript for quite a few years, and you might know her from yayQuery and other jQuery-related things, her work…
Special News Episode: Spartan, ES8, and Apple Watch Retro
Apr 1, 2015 • 11 min
In today’s episode, I share some (insider) news with you that I think you’ll find to be exciting.
31: Listener Question from Jessica - “What exactly is a full-stack developer anyway?”
Mar 30, 2015 • 11 min
In today’s episode, listener Jessica asks what a full stack developer is.
30: Dan Denney, Part Two: Sending 1,000,000 HTML Emails for Code School and Memories from Front-End Design Conference
Mar 27, 2015 • 12 min
Dont forget, you can support the show by donating at https://developertea.com/donate Dan Denney is a wealth of knowledge, and in today’s episode, he’s joined me to share some of that knowledge with you. Dan is an HTML email craftsman at Code School. On…
Inspiration Episode #5: Software Is Not a Printing Press
Mar 26, 2015 • 5 min
In today’s inspiration episode, I talk about the non-permanence of our work, and how that empowers us to make faster decisions.
30: Dan Denney, Part One: Sending 1,000,000 HTML Emails for Code School and Memories from Front-End Design Conference
Mar 25, 2015 • 24 min
Dont forget, you can support the show by donating at https://developertea.com/donate. Dan Denney is a wealth of knowledge, and in today’s episode, he’s joined me to share some of that knowledge with you. Dan is an HTML email craftsman at Code School. On…
29: Listener Questions - Eric Asks How to Keep Up with Dev News, and When (and Why) Should I Get a Masters Degree
Mar 23, 2015 • 19 min
In this episode, I answer listener Eric’s questions about how to keep up with the news, and when to get a masters degree. Further resources/links can be found at DeveloperTea.com!
28: Richard Schneeman, Part Two - How to Start Contributing to Open Source, and Testing Refrigerators
Mar 20, 2015 • 38 min
Richard Schneeman, Ruby developer at Heroku and awesome guy, joins me for the longest episode to date. Follow Richard on Twitter, @schneems! (Show notes can be found at https://DeveloperTea.com)
28: Richard Schneeman, Part One - How to Start Contributing to Open Source, and Testing Refrigerators
Mar 18, 2015 • 28 min
Richard Schneeman, Ruby developer at Heroku and awesome guy, joins me for the longest episode to date. Follow Richard on Twitter, @schneems! (Show notes can be found at https://DeveloperTea.com)
Inspiration Episode #4: Learning Like Children through Play
Mar 17, 2015 • 7 min
Children learn at an incredible rate. They also play significantly more than the average adult. Many studies have shown the importance of play for children in the learning process - so the question is, why don’t we practice “play” as adults? “Episode 4:…
27: Ensuring Professionalism - Rules I Practice
Mar 16, 2015 • 14 min
In this episode, I discuss some of my personal rules for maintaining a reputation of professionalism. Support Developer Tea: https://developertea.com/donate
26: To Generalize, or to Specialize, that is the Question… Part Two
Mar 13, 2015 • 10 min
Should you be a generalized programmer or a specialized programmer? Generalized programmers learn a wide range of languages and/or frameworks, while a specialized programmer becomes an expert in something very specific. There are pros and cons to both,…
Inspiration Episode #3: The Day the Beatles Were Rejected
Mar 12, 2015 • 6 min
Unless you’re extraordinarily lucky, you’ll be rejected multiple times in your life. Whether in your personal or professional life, rejection is a normal part of life, even for the best of the best (like the Beatles). In this episode, I encourage you to…
26: To Generalize, or to Specialize, that is the Question… Part One
Mar 11, 2015 • 12 min
Should you be a generalized programmer or a specialized programmer? Generalized programmers learn a wide range of languages and/or frameworks, while a specialized programmer becomes an expert in something very specific. There are pros and cons to both,…
25: “What Should I Build?” - 5 Tips for Better Idea Generation
Mar 9, 2015 • 14 min
In this episode, I answer a question I’ve received from many listeners: How do I come up with an idea for something to build? This question is somewhat complex, but we’ll cover 5 basic tips for idea generation.
24: Scott Jehl on Responsible Responsive Design and Progressive Enhancement, Part Two
Mar 6, 2015 • 21 min
Scott Jehl is a designer and developer working at Filament Group. Scott is also an author and speaks regularly at conferences like An Event Apart. In this interview, Scott and I discuss progressive enhancement and his book, Responsible Responsive Design.
Inspiration Episode #2: Coding for Humans
Mar 5, 2015 • 3 min
Today, I talk about coding for humans in this special Inspiration episode. Remember, computers are only what you tell them to be!
24: Scott Jehl on Responsible Responsive Design and Progressive Enhancement, Part One
Mar 4, 2015 • 23 min
Scott Jehl is a designer and developer working at Filament Group. Scott is also an author and speaks regularly at conferences like An Event Apart. In this interview, Scott and I discuss progressive enhancement and his book, Responsible Responsive Design.
23: When to Adopt New Technology: A Simple Value-based Rubric
Mar 2, 2015 • 14 min
In today’s episode, at the request of a listener I discuss the tradeoffs of choosing to adopt a new technology versus using what you already know, even when what you already know might not be the best tool for the job. Don’t forget to subscribe to hear…
22: Why Should Developers Build Their Own “Brand”?
Feb 27, 2015 • 19 min
In today’s episode, I discuss why it’s important to create a brand for yourself. Make sure you check out my interview with John Sonmez to hear more about building your own personal brand, and to participate in John’s giveaway:…
21: John Sonmez and the Top 1% Developers: Why You Should Create a Personal Site and Start Writing
Feb 25, 2015 • 25 min
On today’s episode, John Sonmez joins me to talk a bit about his brand new book, Soft Skills (Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Soft-Skills-software-developers-manual/dp/1617292397), and about the importance of branding yourself as a developer. John has…
Bonus Weekly Inspiration #1: Functionality Versus Elegance
Feb 24, 2015 • 4 min
Today’s bonus episode is the first weekly inspiration mini-episode! Today’s quote comes from Steve McConnell, author of Code Complete. Thank you for supporting Developer Tea with your listens! We just reached the 200k unique listens mark, and that’s…
20: Thoughts on Unicorns: Answering a Listener Question
Feb 23, 2015 • 13 min
In this episode, I answer a listener question about what route he should take in his technical education. Spoiler: I actually DO have an opinion and recommendation to this question. For a significant part of this episode, I discuss the concept of the…
19: Ben Orenstein from Thoughtbot, Part Two
Feb 20, 2015 • 29 min
I’m excited to be interviewing Ben Orenstein from Thoughtbot. Ben is a brilliant craftsman of a developer, and in this episode we discuss what it takes to be a craftsman. This is the second part of the interview, so be sure to check out the previous…
19: Ben Orenstein from Thoughtbot, Part One
Feb 18, 2015 • 14 min
I’m excited to be interviewing Ben Orenstein from Thoughtbot. Ben is a brilliant craftsman of a developer, and in this episode we discuss what it takes to be a craftsman. This interview is split into two parts, so be sure to check out the next episode for…
18: Listener Questions
Feb 16, 2015 • 11 min
Around 1:00, Brett asks how to become an “advanced developer.” Programming Paradigms Stanford Course: https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/programming-paradigms/id495054064 Paul Graham’s essays on Lisp: http://paulgraham.com/articles.html Python:…
17: Volt and Isomorphism with Ryan Stout, part two
Feb 13, 2015 • 12 min
Today I’m joined once again by Ryan Stout, the developer behind the powerful new Ruby web framework Volt. Ryan and I continue discussing why he created Volt, and some of the motivations for developers to move towards “isomorphic development”. Check out…
17: Volt and Isomorphism with Ryan Stout, part one
Feb 11, 2015 • 11 min
Today I’m joined by Ryan Stout, the developer behind the powerful new Ruby web framework Volt. Ryan and I discuss why he created Volt, and some of the motivations for developers to move towards “isomorphic development”. Check out Volt:…
16: Stigmas, Stereotypes, and Pizza
Feb 9, 2015 • 10 min
In this episode, we talk about stigmas and stereotypes. As developers, and as humans, we have a responsibility to treat each other fairly. We also have a responsibility to our craft. In this episode, I discuss the one thing that developers should be…
Bonus Episode: Thank you for a GREAT first month!
Feb 6, 2015 • 12 min
The first month of Developer Tea was officially marked yesterday, and in this episode, I’d like to thank you. I also challenge you towards the end of the episode. Thank you so much for listening to the show!
15: Code Kata - A Practice Arena for Becoming a Better Programmer
Feb 6, 2015 • 8 min
What was the last time you practiced writing code? Any expertise arguably requires an intentional, focused effort on practicing a set of exercises. Kata acts as the practice exercises for programming. In this episode, I talk about code kata, and I also…
14: Daniel Kao - Self Control: Cutting Sugar for a Year, and Starting a Career in Something You Have No Experience in, On Purpose
Feb 4, 2015 • 16 min
In this episode, I interview front-end developer Daniel Kao. Daniel has been running his site, Diplateevo.com, since his freshman year in high school. Daniel is a brilliant individual, and happens to be only 20 years old. He has already had a chance to…
13: Flexibility
Feb 2, 2015 • 10 min
In this episode, I discuss flexibility. Why is flexibility important, and what can you do to make your code and your workflow more flexible? I’ll share something I did recently that made creating this podcast a bit easier to accomplish. If you are…
12: Chris Coyier, Part Two - Getting Good At Pretty Much Anything
Jan 30, 2015 • 19 min
On this episode, I continue the interview Chris Coyier. Chris is the creator of CSS-Tricks.com, Codepen.io, and hosts Shoptalk Show with Dave Rupert. In this second part of a two-part interview, Chris and I talk about getting good at being a musician (or…
12: Chris Coyier, Part One - The Lifecycle of the Web and the Non-Evil of Doing Business
Jan 28, 2015 • 15 min
On this episode, I interview Chris Coyier. Chris is the creator of CSS-Tricks.com, Codepen.io, and hosts Shoptalk Show with Dave Rupert. In this first part of a two-part interview, Chris and I talk about how he got started with CSS Tricks. We also talk…
11: Justin Weiss - choosing Rails, guest hosting on Ruby Tapas, and enjoying Ruby
Jan 26, 2015 • 14 min
Ruby developer and author Justin Weiss joins me to talk about his experience working with Avdi Grimm on a guest episode for Ruby Tapas, why he chose Rails, and his book. Then, Justin gives you his 30-second suggestion to help you become a better…
10: Approaching Programmatic Problems
Jan 23, 2015 • 7 min
In this episode, I talk about how I approach programmatic problems, and I give all developers my opinionated understanding of the most important factor of problem solving: imparting knowledge into your problem solving mechanisms. If you’re enjoying the…
9: Stuff I’m using these days, edition one
Jan 21, 2015 • 11 min
In this episode, I share some of the stuff I’ve been using. None of these folks are sponsoring the show. Mentioned: Ruby - https://www.ruby-lang.org Rails - http://rubyonrails.org Grape - https://github.com/intridea/grape Sinatra -…
8: The Hardest Parts of Computer Science
Jan 19, 2015 • 6 min
In this episode, we cover (only 2 of) the hardest parts of computer science. Spoiler alert: this short podcast will not solve all of your complex coding conundrums, but it will provide you with some alliterative show notes. If you enjoyed this episode,…
7: Part two - The $150,000 Question About Design School
Jan 16, 2015 • 19 min
On today’s episode, I talk with Nick Morrison and Kody Dahl, both students about to graduate from the design BFA program at Georgia State University, for the second part of our interview. Kody and Nick are both incredibly hard-working folks who happen to…
7: Part one - An Underground Cohort of Design Professors, with Kody Dahl and Nick Morrison
Jan 14, 2015 • 11 min
On today’s episode, I talk with Nick Morrison and Kody Dahl, both students about to graduate from the design BFA program at Georgia State University. Kody and Nick are both incredibly hard-working folks who happen to also work at Whiteboard. In part one,…
6: Feelback vs. Feedback
Jan 11, 2015 • 4 min
How do you code a feeling? Today, we’re going to be talking about how to deal with ambiguous feedback. The answer is kind of ambiguous, unfortunately, but we live in a subjective world, so let’s all learn how to value subjective things, shall we? We’ve…
5: Addictions
Jan 9, 2015 • 11 min
In today’s episode, we will not be talking about drugs. For long. Instead, we’re going to talk about some kind-of amazingly weird trends in how we use technology, and how we might could be more intentional in the time we spend with screens. We (again)…
4: Learning about Learning
Jan 8, 2015 • 10 min
Learning is one of the most important skills for developers to cultivate. In this episode, I’ll talk about why that’s the case, and a method for learning you might not have tried before. Today’s episode goes just a tad over 10 minutes - I’m doing my best…
3: Prototypes
Jan 6, 2015 • 7 min
Prototyping is a process that bridges the gap between production and static design. In this episode, I talk a bit about what that means, and about what is required for all good prototypes. If you aren’t prototyping now, you need to catch up. If you…
2: Focus
Jan 5, 2015 • 9 min
In this episode, I talk about focus, and why it’s so important for developers to cultivate focus. We’ll discuss some pretty amazing statistics about how we use technology, and I challenge you to not listen to this podcast. If you enjoyed this episode,…
1: Introductions, formalities, etc
Jan 5, 2015 • 6 min
This is the proverbial “hello” episode, where I tell you what Developer Tea is all about. Developer Tea is born out of my own desire to have shorter podcasts that come out more often. I very rarely have the time to listen to so many of the podcasts I’d…